My scientific as well as my artistic work is based on a wide range of motivations and ways of approaching the sound of the so called natural world – regardless, whether it’s the sound of an entire habitat or a single animal or the fundamental sounds of the elements.
PFR17831, 11-06-2021, Eurasian Nightjar, Field Cricket, Germany
Regular visitors to my blog will know that one of my favourite nature reserves is
a former military training area south of Berlin (see: Scorched Earth I)
After a massive fire some years back, new flora is now showing up and with it first
larger fauna. One species was always present even right after the big fire, is the
Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus. This bird species prefers an open, dry
landscape with little ground vegetation and prefers to hunt insects in flight.
The overall behaviour of this species is remarkable, as it is highly specialised and
the mostly nocturnal encounters are always something special. Since the species
is not very shy, sometimes approach the observer very close one might even think
they are 'curious'.
PFR17686, 06-05-2021, Barn Swallow, Hirundo r. rustica, Germany
Strong winds have been persisting for weeks, making wildlife sound recording outdoors almost impossible at the moment. Fortunately, there are birds that breed in buildings, like barn swallows. In this case, even in an observation tower in a nature reserve.
PFR17654, 26-03-2021, Hawfinch Coccothraustes c. coccothraustes, Germany
One of my favourite songs among Eurasian songbirds. Often not recognised as a song, it is nevertheless complex and sometimes even contains imitations - as here from the Black Woodpecker.
PFR17420, 01-01-2020, Geese Swans Cranes leaving roost, Germany
My first recording session of the year. Tundra Bean Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Greylag Geese, Whooper Swans, Mute Swans leaving their roost.
PFR17268, 07-06-2020, European Tree Frog Hyla arborea, Germany
Several displaying European Tree Frogs recorded near a substation.
In background Common Nightingales and noise from a motorway.
Double-MS recording down-mixed to binaural. No filtering.
PFR17138, 26-08-2020, windmill, Germany
A binaural mix consisting of a wind energy plant surround sound recording
and a simultaneously with two geophones recorded windmill.