Tag: nature

20/03/20. Cors Caron nature reserve, Ceredigion

Cors Caron: A nature reserve comprising a large raised bog near Tregaron.  Spectacular setting,  and I had it all to myself on the spring equinox this year.  I left home at 3:30am and got there by 5:15 or so; then walked into the reserve to make this recording.  I started recording at about 5:45 (sunrise ...

31/01/20. Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw.

Whitewater draw is a special place.  I last visited almost two years ago and it was there I heard my first cow bird.; what a miraculous sound that bird makes.   At that time it was March/April and the lake areas of Whitewater were all dried up/emptied; with only the central pond (photo above) holding ...

30 01 20. Cochise Lake, Willcox. Sandhill Cranes.

Tens of thousands of sandhill cranes spend their winters in Cochise county, Arizona (and neighbouring areas).  Many congregate at Whitewater Draw.   I was staying at a hotel in Willcox and had been advised that a visit to Cochise Lake (just a short drive outside of Willcox) would be worthwhile.   Since I was planning ...

31/01/20. Bonita Creek, Chiricahua Monument.

Chiricahua is an amazing place full of eerie stacked rocks, called “hoodoos”.  They are formed when the lower rock layers are softer than the higher layers; wind and water erosion eats away at the lower rock and this results in the appearance of large balancing structures. I went to Bonita Canyon before sunrise and sat ...

31/01/20. Birds along E Rucker Canyon Road, Cochise County, Arizona.

I had spent the earliest part of the day sitting in a wash at Bonita Creek, Chiricahua and listening to the local birds.   I left shortly after sunrise as the park was suddenly awash in the sounds of a distant leaf blower.   I headed for Rucker Canyon, and my journey took me down ...

27/10/19. Leighton Moss: Grisedale hide very early in the morning.

I went back to the hide for about 5am when I knew there would probably be no people there, and perhaps I could capture the sounds of the deer out of the hide window.  The hide faces the pool, the reed beds, and the fields beyond.  To get the deer, I really needed to be ...

26/10/19. Leighton Moss: Grisedale hide at dusk.

October is red deer rutting time at Leighton Moss, and so I spent some time on this late afternoon sitting outside Grisedale hide listening to them bellow.   Unfortunately, even late in the day the traffic noise by the reserve is unrelenting.   The sound of bellowing red deer sits right in the midst of ...

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 ...