- Art Monthly Australia Pty. Ltd
- Publication Type:
- Journal Article
- Art Monthly, 2009, 225 pp. 16 - 19
- Issue Date:
Hoop pines, vine thickets, and a mesh of mangrove roots. Fringing coral reefs and fractured granite boulders. Where are we? Eight kilometres offshore from Townsville. Its sunrise on Magnetic Island (`Maggie), the only arid island in the Great Barrier Reef. Breaking waves mix with a dawn chorus of tropical birds and insects, underscored by a pied butcherbird. S/he alternates between one and two notes. The insistent song can be likened to an ostinato, a simple, repeated, and largely unchanging pattern(1).2 As calling cards go, this one is all low-hype, high integrity prog chirp but pied butcherbirds rarely sing this simply. In the background, we hear a conspecific with more virtuosic ambitions.
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