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White-faced Heron -- Egretta novaehollandiae More
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William V Ward
25 Oct 1967 at 23:55

    Geography
  • New Zealand
    Locality
  • AWAROA BAY; ABEL TASMAN NAT. PARK
    Latitude/Longitude
  • -40.8666667   173.0333333
    Elevation
  • 10 meters
    Channels
  • Mono
    Sampling Rate
    Bit Depth
    Recorders
  • MAGNEMITE 610E
    Microphones
  • Altec 688A
    Accessories
  • Parabola 101.6cm/25.4cm (40in/10in)
    Equipment Note

Low-pitched frog-like croaks, "wrank wrank". While recording a bittern at night in this swamp I also picked up these sounds which I presumed for frogs. Next morning, I saw two White-faced Herons fly low over the swamp and utter the same sounds. I played it back immediately and was convinced.

It sounds very much like the introduced Australian Golden Bell Frog, but is more guttural. Compare with Ward's recording of this frog species in the ML collection.

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