Tag: nature

12/05/19. Dawn Chorus in the woods at Cominac. Part II

Sitting there in the dark, surrounded by forest sounds was wonderful. The first birds of the morning followed by some barking deer.   Then lots of rustling sounds all around, from foraging deer I think.  A cuckoo starts up; then more deer barking.   The chorus reaches a crescendo; and the tawny owls are still ...

12/05/19. Dawn Chorus in the woods at Cominac. Part I

I sat on a comfortable and quiet rotting log by the track after setting up my microphones in a wood clearing.  It was quite early; about 5am, and there was very little sound except for those noises made by those of us present setting up our kit across the forest to record the dawn chorus. ...

10/05/19. Black redstarts in Aulus-les-Bains before dawn.

I sat on a bench in the quiet narrow winding streets of Aulus well before dawn and waited for the Black Redstarts.  In the background the River Garbet can be heard as it continues to empty the spring thaw down the valley. Black redstarts are quite rare in the UK; I had never heard one ...

21/05/19. Guillemots on Twinlet Bay cliffs, Skokholm.

Guillemots make a very distinctive call, sounding insistent, annoyed and strangled all at once.  A perfect descriptive word is “argumentative”, suggested to me recently by former Skomer warden, Mike Alexander. Skokholm’s cliffs are full of guillemots.    Other sounds on this recording include seals, razorbills, fulmars.

21/05/19. Fulmars chattering at North Gully, Skokholm

A small group of nesting fulmars sits chattering together on the high ledges above North Gully.   Some in pairs; some singles whose mates are out for food.   In one case, it’s a threesome and late in the recording the third is noisily chased off. Argumentative guillemots can also be heard, as well as ...

22/05/19. Puffins coming, going and chatting at Crab Bay, Skokholm

Afternoon on the 22nd May.  It was warm and sunny, with the Puffins busy coming and going; many leaving and others incoming with sand eels and dashing immediately into their burrows. Always present were 1-2 Gulls, waiting for the opportunity to go after a close-landing Puffin and attack them for their catch; not always successful, ...

12/05/19. Aulus-les-Bains. Kestrel feeding.

Mid-afternoon on a very warm and lovely day I sat in the grass behind the church, and I watched and listened as two kestrels made several feeding visits to the belfry. The parents made visits every 20-30 minutes or so, and each time would deliver their food to a different slatted window.  There were at ...