Off Track - ABC RN

Off Track - ABC RN

Australia

Off Track, with Ann Jones, is an Australian radio show and podcast which combines the relaxing sounds of nature with awesome stories of wildlife and environmental science, all recorded in the outdoors.

Episodes

When frog calls become frog music  

When calling in a group, frogs share both frequencies and time. The result is frog music. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in two weeks.

Listen to giant frogs that go bonk  

The inland pobblebonk is a beefy frog with a beefy song. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in three weeks.

Do frogs have accents?  

It's actually a legitimate scientific question. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in five weeks.

A chubby gungan and its toadlet friends  

What is a chubby gungan and what does it sound like? Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in five weeks.

This is what a giant sounds like  

They might be 'slow-moving' and 'very plump' but these giant Australian frogs are next to impossible to find. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in six weeks.

Any louder and that frog will explode [part two]  

It's all very well recording the sound that a frog makes, but what are they trying to say?

Any louder and that frog will explode [part one]  

Murray Littlejohn first recorded the Moaning Frogs of WA on a device made from a gramophone mechanism in the early 1950s.

Eruption, explosion and river erosion  

Australian rocks bear the scars of the some most dramatic events in the history of planet earth. Prepare yourself for the boom!

Creeping slime moulds hunt in Tasmania  

They hunt for prey, look like modernist sculptures and have their very own kingdom on the tree of life: slime moulds are bizarre and beautiful. This episode is selected from the Off Track archive.

A home among the palm trees  

Thousands of kilometres away from its home, an Indian palm squirrel turns up in Pingelly, WA. How did it make it across the Indian Ocean and into the wheat belt?

The foxes among us  

With farmland, industry, backyards and hobby farms as well as a city nearby, where do foxes choose to go? And will they choose to take a bait?

Shy Susan and the bees  

Shy Susan could be forgiven for feeling unloved. Her delicate pink flowers are easy to miss and her range is limited to the Beaconsfield area in northern Tasmania. This episode is selected from the Off Track archive.

Two tiny bats and three beaked whales  

What does a five gram microbat have in common with a four metre, dead, dense beaked whale? More than you might think.

Vagrant, immigrant, stopover, stay  

Sure, seabirds might've been flying past, but how did tiny forest birds make it all the way to Lord Howe Island in the middle of the sea?

The rodent and the walking stick  

The fates of the black rat and the phasmid are as intertwined as the air roots of a banyan tree. The survival of one is linked to the extermination of the other, and the battle is on.

The improbable tale of the outback fish  

How does a fish the size of a toothbrush head, with bright red fins and big blue eyes, end up living in a puddle of water in the middle of the Australian outback? This story is about one of the rarest fish species in the world, and it's simply epic.

A tawny frogmouth reveals itself  

Spending the day pretending to be a branch on a tree is a good strategy to avoid being found in the forest. Of course, the illusion is destroyed if you also hoot incessantly. Ann will be back in about a week with the first of a new season of Off Track episodes.

The feast of the crabs  

The siren call of delicious algae is too much. The tiny crab runs and stuffs slime into its gob, complete with crabby lip smacks. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in two weeks.

Red-y to whistle  

This rufous whistler has a comment and he wants to say it right into the microphone. hop. hop. hop. Stay tuned for the return of Off Track, when the new season starts in three weeks.

Corellas in a crowd  

The sweet screams of hundreds of parrots negotiating their position on gum tree branches. Full Off Track episodes will return in four weeks time.

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