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Common Starling roost

June 2020 At the beginning of April, during a sound recording trip, I accidentally came across a roost of Common Starlings Sturnus v. vulgaris consisting of several hundreds of individuals. During the morning recording session I realised that those songs were differently from those uttered at night. At night the birds arriving at the roost …

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Bluethroat song

June 2020 I am regularly asked how exactly I came to sound recording. The answer is as short as simple:I discovered that there are animal sounds that are very abstract and sound surprisingly artificial. Here my personal interest in synthesising sounds began to fade away… PFR16506, 200410, Bluethroat Luscinia svecia cyanecula, male, song, Germany  

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First Light

January 2020 Since Marc Namblard released his “Chants of Frozen Lakes” album, I have become more aware of this phenomenon. Ice, in a lake or river bed gets squeezed by changes in temperature and thus produces a wide range of sounds. At the beginning of January I spontaneously had the opportunity to record this phenomenon. …

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Linum

October 2019 I went to Germany’s most famous Common Crane roost north of Berlin recently. My goal was to make sound recordings of a really large number of Common Cranes arriving at roost. In this case around 20.000 individuals. It is certainly arguable whether it is right, in times of continuous habitat loss, to bring …

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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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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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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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