The Indian Cuckoo
Sitting on the terrace at the Sitabani Wildlife Reserve late at night, often all I would hear was the sound of crickets and a human-like whistling - the call of the Indian Cuckoo. When I heard this call at night, coming out of the darkness, it felt like these were spirits trying to communicate with me. Some calls would be in the distance, some near, some loud and some a whisper in my ear. It was a surreal experience - but also comforting in some way.
Interestingly, according to Wikipedia, a tribe in the Kangra Valley of India interpret the cuckoo’s call as the soul of the dead shepherd uttering “Where is my sheep?”
You can hear this beautiful call on the track Spirits on the album “Hunted.” You can also hear the actual raw recording on the track “The Indian Cuckoo” on the album “Sounds from a Himalayan Forest.” Here is the link to the album. All the natural sounds you hear were recorded by me onsite.
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