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The life aquatic

August 2019 In the north of Berlin, just beyond the city boundary is a beautiful wetland called Tegeler Fließ. Here the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt spent his childhood. Today, this area is not only scenic impressive, it also home to a good number of bird species. Since it is only 45 minutes away from my …

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Urban Breeding

August 2019 Sometimes wildlife sound is just straightforward. A few weeks ago, a Feral Pigeon Columbia livia domestica started breeding on the windowsill of our bathroom window. Now, the juveniles are almost ready to leave the nest. The adult bird feeds the young birds very often at the moment… PFR15784, 190807, Feral Pigeon Columba livia …

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Scorched Earth

July 2019 The naturalist’s year is more or less structured by the life cycles of the natural world. Living in a life cycle mostly alienated from nature, it brings with it that only partial insights into the former are possible. At least once a year, I usually visit a former military training area south of …

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Barren

July 2019 It took a few years to return to Iceland. This time though without the silly, eurocentric image and personal projections of the ‘untouched paradise’ that so many bring along – like me, back in 2015. -> So this time I could very well accept mass tourism, large-scale construction projects (especially roads) and the …

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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 …

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Move

March 2019 After moving to Berlin, I slowly started to familiarise with my new environment, made some first trips in order to explore new spots and to check their suitability for sound recording. Unlike Leipzig, Berlin is not only surrounded by totally ruined agricultural deserts only, but of finest heathland and some interesting nature reserves. …

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They say there is a land

February 2019 Israel is, that is well known, THE place for bird migration enthusiasts. Therefore alone, a trip was on my bucket list for quite a long time. In addition I was also curious about the native mammals, reptiles and of course the landscape in general. My only real duty were flight call recordings of …

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