Sounds of Shark Bay

A visit to Shark Bay will unveil a amazing array of sounds from the undulating call of the rufous fieldwren to the roar of blowholes as air surges through the limestone. Click on any of these icons and experience some of the audio delights of Shark Bay.
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What does ant stridulation sound like?
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Blowhole at False Entrance
Blowholes are holes at the top of limestone cliffs where air and water rushes through. Listen to one here!
Pied Cormorant colony
Pied cormorants nest in their thousands on Dirk Hartog Island.
Listen to their squabbling as they fight for nesting space here.
Shoemaker frog
The shoemaker frog makes a tap tap
call much like a ....? Can you guess? Listen here!
Black and white-winged fairywren
Black and white-winged fairy-wrens have a
distinctive rolling warble. Listen to it here.
Shell Beach
Listen to the sound of small waves rolling the
millions of shells on Shell Beach.
'image description'Ants stridulating! (37 sec) - What is stridulation? It's the act of rubbing body parts together to make a sound! Listen to ants stridulating!
'image description'Beetle (30 sec) - Beetles stridulate too! Compare the noise made by a beetle with that made by ants.
'image description'Southern scrub robin (51 sec) - The southern scrub robin is a ground bird found amongst the shrubland of Shark Bay. Listen to its piping whistle and the accompanying chiming wedgebill in the background.
'image description'Blowholes (1 min 6 sec) - Blowholes are holes in the limestone formed from years of wave action eating away at the rocks. Listen to the noise of water and air pushing up through the holes in the limestone.
'image description'Chiming wedgebill (39 sec) - Why did you get drunk? This is the question every chiming wedgebill seems to ask - over and over! Can you make out the call of this bird?
'image description'Cormorant colony (1 min 4 sec) - Cormorants breed on mass at a location on the eastern side of Dirk Hartog Island. Listen to them fight and cackle as they defend there very small nesting site.
'image description'Crested bellbird (29 sec) - The haunting call of the crested bellbird is a common noise across Shark Bay. Listen for the "pan pan panella" call of this bird of arid parts of Australia.
'image description'Rufous fieldwren (55 sec) - Tiny rufous fieldwrens choose prominent perches to call from. Listen to their beautiful call.
'image description'Osprey and singing honeyeater (57 sec) - Singing honeyeaters chirrup away throughout the shrublands of Shark Bay. Listen to these common honeyeaters and the piping whistle of an osprey nearby.
'image description'Singing honeyeater at dawn (1 min 1 sec) - Singing honeyeaters are one of the more common birds in arid parts of Australia and Shark Bay is no exception. Listen to this dawn chorus.
'image description'Osprey (13 sec) - Contact whistles of this large bird of prey that is common near water in Shark Bay.
'image description'Shoemaker frog (48 sec) - Appropriately named, the shoemaker frog (Neobatrachus sutor) sounds like a man tap tap tapping a small hammer on wood. Can you hear it? This frog only calls after good rains which could happen once a year or even less! The background noise is the crawling toadlet (Pseudophryne guentheri).
'image description'Little crow (23 sec) - Wark wark wark goes the little crow. Unlike the whaling call of the Australian raven from further south the little crow has a shorter, clipped call.
'image description'White-winged fairy-wren (1 min 5 sec) - White-winged fairy-wrens move about in small groups of one male with several females or young birds. Listen to the rolling warble of this small bird. (Can you hear the "pseeuuw" of the horsfields bronze-cuckoo in the background?)
'image description'Zebra Finch (33 sec) - One of Australia's smallest birds these social animals can be found in flocks of up to several hundred. Listen to its "Nyyii Nyyii" call.
'image description'Shell Beach (59 sec) - Shell Beach is a beach made entirely of billions of small shells. Listen to the sound of shells rolling in the small waves washing up on the beach.
'image description'Waves (56 sec) - A compilation of wave noises from around the bay.
'image description'Wind in heath (59 sec) - One thing Shark Bay has is wind! Listen to it as it blows through the heathland.