Tag Archive 'natural sounds'

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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The sounds of the sea

To date we have published three nature recordings featuring the coastal and ocean beach sounds. They are understandably popular, as the sounds of the sea are very relaxing. But customers often ask; what is the difference between these recordings – surely a beach is a beach? So this is a good opportunity to discuss the […]

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At 4 a.m., It felt like we were driving across the surface of the moon. Overhead the stars shone; hard diamonds in an inky sky. The ground over which we drove was a featureless plain of baked, grey earth – the Rann of Kutch. This unique lowland area in the northwest of India lies between […]

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The most beautiful birdsong?

What is the most beautiful songbird in the world? If we mean ‘musical to our ears’, then surely one of our favourites would be the Malabar Whistling Thrush, Myophonus horsfieldii, of India. Also known as the ‘whistling schoolboy’, this bird has the most haunting and tuneful of songs – it is indeed like overhearing someone […]

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A plump Quail is a happy Quail

The Painted Button Quail, Turnix varia, is a native quail of the drier eucalypt forests of eastern and southern Australia. Whilst they are widespread, they are quite uncommon, and their camouflage plumage makes actually seeing them in the bush a rare treat. Our first encounter with them was fifteen years ago, whilst sound recording for […]

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A Madrigal of Magpies

We have been having some lovely moonlit nights recently, and from the bush outside our bedroom window, we’ve been hearing an Australian Magpie, gymnorhina tibicen, calling throughout the night. It is quite common for them to do this on well-illuminated moonlit evenings. Not only Magpies, but other birds such as Willy Wagtails, are well-known for […]

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Sometimes a wild goose chase leads to… well, wild geese. Several years ago, Sarah and I journeyed to the Australian outback, hoping to record the calls of Cockatiels. We were not having any luck finding them (they are highly nomadic birds, and seemed to have departed the area a few weeks previously). However we did […]

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Recording the sounds of nature is an unusual occupation, and we often find that people misunderstand the nature of our work. Here are our Top Ten popular misconceptions about nature recordings! Tweet

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“But you will not be finding any birds singing in that area sir!” The Indian National Parks officer smiled reassuringly at me from behind his desk. My heart sank. “How do you know?” I replied. “It is part of my area, as Range Field Officer for that park, and I never hear any birds in […]

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‘Happy Budgies’- album sample by Listening Earth To see budgerigars in the wild is a wonderful experience. In the drier parts of Australia, they are found in sometimes huge flocks, taking to the air with a roar of wings, their green and yellow plumage flashing against the blue sky. When they alight, trees can be […]

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