Category Archive for 'In Nature:'

The African landscape is dominated by big animals; wildebeest, zebra, elephant, lions – the animals people come from all over the world to see. For me as a nature sound recordist, they posed both an opportunity and a huge problem. How was I going to record them? How could I record anything else with them […]

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The unmistakable profile of a Common Hoopoe. I love these birds, with their distinctive thin bill and counterbalancing crest. I think they have evolved just to delight me! (Mind you, I could say that about most critters) Tweet

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Coppersmith Barbet feasts on figs. I am so delighted to share this photo. I have always been hoping for a good shot of this bird. Firstly, they are little jewels, secondly they are quite common and vocal, so they’re heard on many of our Indian albums. This image comes from our walk today, when we […]

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During our recent trip to India, I uploaded a collection of images of India’s songbirds. I posted a picture a day to our Listening Earth Facebook page for three weeks, and here I’m archiving them all in one place. Here we go! – week 1. Three Plain Prinias cuddle up in the morning sunlight. Tweet

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Among the mogul ruins of the ancient Indian town of Orchha, are the huge Raja and Jahangir Mahals, the Chaturbhuj Temple and a collection of impressive chhatris (cenotaphs) on the banks of the River Betwa. Atop the rooftops of these decaying buildings roost a colony of Indian Vultures. They are huge birds, but we didn’t […]

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We’re currently in Orchha, and our hotel is part of a mogul palace. A few nights ago, just on dusk, Sarah and I heard the sharp screeching of these owls high up under a massive stone gateway. It seemed their regular roost, and I made a mental note to come down around 6pm and see […]

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Nagzira Wildlife Reserve protects a forested and hilly area in central India where Tigers still roam, and the woodlands are filled with birdsong. First light across Nagzira Lake. Tweet

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Birdsong has evolved over immense periods of time, and with Australia’s Robins, you can hear that evolution in the songs these birds sing today. Where we live in southern Australia, there are four closely related, ‘red-breasted’, Robin species (note these are Australian Robins of the Petroicidae family – unrelated to the European or American Robins): […]

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For me, the dawn chorus is nature’s great symphony. It is a time when nature transitions from the gentle sounds of the night into the activity of the day.Tweet

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On my walk this morning I came across a small flock of Striated Thornbills feeding in the canopy. Here are a few photos of them… These pics were not easy to get, as thornbills are continually on the move – even on this crisp and cold morning, when we awoke to our first overnight frost […]

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