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Singing The Rain

November 23, 2016

At last decent rain. The little rivers of Rakhi ran and filled the water hole and the next few days consolidated the fall. Now it feels like the annual drought has broken and tree planting can go beyond the irrigation systems. Life will now explode into activity. 


I recorded a few moments and a friend of a friend identified what he heard: 

- Litoria caerulea

- Litoria rothi

- Litoria bicolor

- Litoria microbelos (faintly)

- Uperoleia inundata


 There were some cane toads singing a little earlier but they were removed from the mix and gene  pool a little earlier. Ten years ago I recorded the song next door the year before the cane toads arrived for future comparison but sadly the devise went AWOL before downloading but there does not seem to have been any noticeable decline in the frog abundance at Rakhi. The years when we have lived here i have kept the breeding ground free of cane toads early in the season which i think is critical because the fish are yet to arrive and feast on tadpoles. I expect there will be more layers added to the song as the season progresses when the volume and complexity becomes almost disorienting to walk amongst but here is a little sample of the first song.



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