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01: North African Desert, Steppe & Shrubland

20% of sale price donated to Harmusch Estudio y Conservacion de fauna

47 stereo-ambient and mono-bird recordings made at the edge of the Saharan Atlas Mountains in East Morocco and reflecting the sound of the deserts and other arid habitats across North Africa and beyond into the Middle East.



This first library from Fleeting Sound was recorded in the early spring of 2015 in the far south-eastern corner of Eastern Morocco. The land here is at the far western point of the plateau which extends 1500km east to west and at the north-western limit of the Saharan Atlas Mountains- the southern-most range of the Atlas Mountains, with the overall recording area at an elevation of around 800-1000m.

Key Features

  • 15 purely geophonic recordings of wind, vegetation and flowing water

  • 22 stereo atmospheres with birds, amphibians and insects

  • 10 mono single-bird recordings

  • detailed Soundminer and BWAV metadata, including species ID

  • all recordings free of human-originated noise

Featured Habitats

Dry shrublands,  periodic-lakes and riverbeds, sand-dune deserts, rock deserts, stoney plains and rocky mountain-slopes.


Birds include crested and thekla lark, calandra lark, desert lark, desert wheatear, fulvous babbler, barbary falcon, linnet, ruddy duck, avocet and great grey shrike. Other wildlife sounds include frogs (sahara frog) and crickets which, along with most of the bird species, have a range which extends right across arid areas of North Africa and, some of them, beyond into the Middle East.



BIT DEPTH: 24bit

Equipment Used

Sennheiser MKH8040/30 MS

Sennheiser MKH8070

Sound Devices MixPre-D

Sony PCCM D-50