We are pleased to announce that our album of birdsong and natural atmospheres “Songs of Hope – the Dawn Chorus on Tiritiri Matangi Island, New Zealand” has recently passed 50,000 streams on Spotify!

Many of New Zealand’s endemic bird species are thriving on this off-shore Island Sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland. A chorus of Tui, Korimako {North Island Bellbirds}, Tieke {Saddlebacks} and Hihi {Stitchbirds} sing in the continuously evolving concert of enchanting birdsong which can be heard each daybreak during the spring. Tiritiri Matangi Island’s unique soundscape is a testament to all those New Zealanders who have worked so hard to restore the voices of the past to NZ’s landscape today.

It is probably the closest we can achieve now to the concert of birdsong encountered by botanist Joseph Banks when he visited New Zealand with Captain James Cook on the Endeavour in January 1770. He described being awoken by birds whose  “voices were certainly the most melodious wild musick I have ever heard, almost imitating small bells but with the most tuneable silver sound imaginable.”  250 years later the air on Tiritiri Matangi is filled each morning with beautiful melodies and strange, haunting calls many of New Zealand’s most beautiful birds. (Photo: Tui by Nora Correa Jimenez)

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