Darß IV

April 2019

Regular readers of my blog will know, I really like the peninsula Darss in Northeast
Germany and go there as often as I can. During all of my visits, the target sound-wise
has been always the same: calls of small passerines.
But beside particular intentions I always simply enjoyed the tranquility in those largely
low-noise forests.

PFR15454, Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, M, song

PFR15457, Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola, M, song flight

PFR15485, Song Thrush Turdus philomelos, M, song

But since a few year’s it’s no longer possible to ignore the effects and traces of the
growing mass tourism. Some once small villages became almost pure holiday resorts
and with this roads were built, plastic waste in the landscape is increasingly visible
and the pressure on flora and fauna through people is enormous.

For the listener and sound recordist it has become much more difficult over the years
to find quiet places. All this can only be compensated by nocturnal or very early activities…

PFR15462, Black Woodpecker Dryocopos martius, M, drumming

PFR15466, Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major, tapping, excitement calls

European Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis, male

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis on their way north

Black-throated Loon Gavia arctica