Whether you’re getting up for an early morning game drive in the Kruger National Park, or getting ready for another day’s work in the big city, you are undoubtedly in the good company of some even earlier risers – birds. Before most of us have even flicked on the kettle for that first cup of coffee, the dark, quiet hours of a new day are already breaking with the melodious magic of birdsong. It’s hard to put into words, but when we have to, we call it the Dawn Chorus.
From the sweet, ascending song of the White-browed Robin-chat, to the harsh, rude awakening of the Hadeda Ibis (and everything in between), we believe that we are privileged to live in a country that is home to such symphony, and want to celebrate it accordingly. Which is why we’ve decided to create a radio series that is inspired by it.
Presenting… The Dawn Chorus, our weekly radio feature which showcases the wonderful calls of many of South Africa’s bird species. Each Monday morning before 6am on Fine Music Radio, a new episode heralds the ‘Dawn Chorus’ for the week, educating South Africans about their beautiful birds.
The Dawn Chorus is patriotically brought to you by BirdLife South Africa, Fine Music Radio, and Guy Gibbon Bird Calls, and we are grateful to Mel Tripp (BirdLife South Africa) and Rodney Trudgeon and Vanessa Levenstein (Fine Music Radio) for spearheading this wonderful series. Our thanks to the following contributors for sharing their wonderful collections of bird photographs with us for the purposes of education: Albert Froneman; Chris van Rooyen; Mark Anderson; Andrew de Blocq; Peter Steyn; Nico Myburgh; Otto Schmidt; Derek Longrigg; and Graham Pringle.
Listen to the Dawn Chorus on Mondays on Fine Music Radio at 5:58 am. Simply download the FMR App: available, for free, in both the Apple and Android stores. Type “Fine Music Radio” in the search bar and look for the FMR Logo.
The FMR App is especially useful for listeners outside FMR’s transmitter range, who can now easily listen to FMR at home, or in the car by connecting their phone to the car’s audio system via Bluetooth. The app plays in the background, much like a traditional radio set, it plays uninterrupted, regardless of what other applications you’re using. It is also light on data, with live streaming estimated to use about 36 megabytes per hour. You can also access FMR via DStv audio channel 838. FMR can be live streamed at www.fmr.co.za.
All bird calls used on this web page have been generously supplied by Guy Gibbon Bird Calls. For more information, or to contact Guy Gibbon, please click here.
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