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After two or three years of using phonography and noise music (anthrophony?) to find a way of dealing with human-induced noise, I decided to focus on the sounds of nature. Discovering Chris Watson’s “Outside the Circle of Fire” (WATSON 2008) was a more than welcome confirmation of my perception that pure, not collaged biophonies can have an […]

P.S.: WSRS Annual Competition 2017

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November 2018 Whilst sorting out recordings for the 2018 Wildlife Sound Recording Society annual competition, it struck me that I did not post my submissions for the 2016 competition. That should be made up hereby. Still learning (single individual) Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia a. atricapilla, 2cy male, late plastic song Family business (several individuals, one species) […]

Krkonoše National Park

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September 2018 Sometimes it needs somebody else to make things happen, even if you think about it for a long time. As a child, my family went several times to the Giant Mountains in the Czech Republic (ČSSR at the time) on vacation. But the only thing I remember from that time is dead trees. […]

Crossbills

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February 2018 I spent a good part of the winter 2017/18 with studying vocalisations of Red Crossbills Loxia curvirostra, Parrot Crossbills Loxia pytyopsittacus and the very close related Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea (or Lesser Redpoll A. cabaret, Mealy Redpoll A. flammea and Arctic Redpoll A. hornemanni if you like). Parrot Crossbill Loxia pytyopsittacus, 2CY, male Cones! Red Crossbill Loxia […]

Birds at war

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May 2018 Earlier the month the artist duo FAMED kindly invited me to give a talk at Nuremberg’s art academy. Their chosen topic was ornithology and birding in times of war. Some years ago Marcus Held and I were preparing an artistic work, reflecting on Günter Niethammer’s paper ‘Beobachtungen über die Vogelwelt von Auschwitz’ (‘The […]

Darß III

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December 2017 I prefer to spend the winter time somewhere at the coast, where bird species accumulate much more than they do in the mainland. Since I live in the mainland, it amounts to short trips up north, favourably to the Darß peninsula. It was a bit of a bad timing this year, and way […]

Silver Fox

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July 2017 At this year’s Wildlife Sound Recording Society‘s annual general meeting I have been awarded the Silver Fox Award. The Silver Fox ist the overall winner of the annual competition. I feel very honoured and would like to thank the society especially the jury! These are my competition submissions to five categories: single individual of one […]