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Mallorca of the north

January 2016 In June 2014 I went to the annual meeting of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society at Rutland Wetland Reserve. Chris Watson the new president of the society presented sound recordings made on filming trips for Sir David Attenborough’s series Frozen Planet– no need to mention how inspiring it was once again. Chris invited …

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Mongolia

July 2014 In May/June 2013 I accompanied a small group consisting of three experienced field ornithologists and bird ringers from Mongolia, Germany and the UK plus a driver and a cook from Ulaanbaatar for a short expedition through western central-mongolia. Erdenesant PFR07717-1, 2-10, 130522, Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla, excitement call, Erdenesant, Mongolia PFR07773, 2-10, 130523 …

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East Kazakhstan

November 2012 As long as I can remember, the vastness of the Eurasian East has always fascinated me. Thus,  I seized the opportunity to explore eastern Kazakhstan with a 4WD van in 2011 (April 1st – May 31st). This expedition seemed to be a real chance for making sound recordings of a pristine nature, especially …

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Vessel tracks II

November 2012 I’ve never understood what people makes enthusiastic with patriotism. For me, artificial constructs of nations and national identities make no sense therefore I usually don’t think in structures like this. But sometimes I can’t help and start to find a particular group of people more awful than others – depending on their behaviour. Sometimes …

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Horsefield’s Tortoise

April 2012 Recently I read a short notice by Yannick Dauby concerning the amazing sounds made by Tortoises. On this occasion I digged up a short recording from a Russian Tortoise Testudo horsfieldii uttering a threatening call. Obviously my mammalian raptor like wind shield upsets him/her. “Testudo horsfieldii is currently listed as vulnerable by the International Union …

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