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Sage Grouse Lek

Sage Grouse Lek

Harney County, Oregon

United States
Recordist: Dwight Porter
Location: Harney County, Oregon, United States
Habitat: Grassland with Sagebrush
Notes: Each spring male Greater Sage Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) congregate in leks and perform a "strutting display" to woo the females. The males strut with their 'chests out', air-sacs inflated, and produce an unusual swishing & bouncing sound as the air is released.
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Eider Soundscape

Eider Soundscape

Adventdalen, Svalbard

Norway
Recordist: Stein Nilsen
Location: Adventdalen, Svalbard, Norway
Habitat: Tundra
Notes: A large colony of breeding yellow-billed Common Eiders near small pools in Adventdalen, Svalbard. In the background you can hear Snow Buntings sing and the harsh calls of Glaucous Gull. More info
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Great Snipe Displaying

Great Snipe Displaying

Kvaløya, Tromsø

Norway
Recordist: Stein Nilsen
Location: Kvaløya, Tromsø, Norway
Habitat: Birch and willow shrub
Notes: Great Snipe displaying in a marsh in northern Norway. The calls of Whimbrel, Arctic Skuas, Common snipe and several passerines can also be heard in the background. More info
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Prairie Soundscape

Prairie Soundscape

Spencer, Iowa

United States
Recordist: Alex Braidwood
Location: Spencer, Iowa, United States
Habitat: Prairie Grassland
Notes: A dawn recording made at the Prairie Flower Nursery. This square-mile of Iowa prairie is a combination native tall-grass prairie and restored prairie. The restored area was previously commercial farmed before returning it to something closer to it's natural origin. More info
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Mountain Meadow

Mountain Meadow

Uluta River, Altai Republic

Russia
Location: Uluta River, Altai Republic, Russia
Habitat: Meadow
Notes: The sweet song of a Blyth's Reed Warbler early one morning in a mountain meadow.More info
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Wader Soundscape

Wader Soundscape

Veliky Novgorod

Russia
Location: Rdeyski State Reserve, Veliky Novgorod, Russia
Habitat: Meadow
Notes: Northern Lapwings make their cosmic display flight vocalisations, along with the calls of Eurasian Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Golden Plover. More info
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Midwife Toads
Belgium
Recordist: Felix Blume
Location: Namur, Belgium
Habitat: Wetland
Notes: The unusual sounds of Common Midwife Toads (Alytes obstetricans) in the Belgian countryside. More info
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Dvorichansky Soundscape

Dvorichansky Soundscape

Dvorichansky National Park

Ukraine
Recordist: Olexiy Vasyliuk
Location: Dvorichansky National Park, Ukraine
Habitat: Steppe & floodplain
Notes: Atmospheric recording of the Oskol River floodplain in Ukraine's Dvorichansky National Park. More info
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Steppe Marmot

Steppe Marmot

Dvorichansky National Park

Ukraine
Recordist: Olexiy Vasyliuk
Location: Dvorichansky National Park, Ukraine
Habitat: Steppe
Notes: A Steppe Marmot squeaks in the remote open chalk steppes of Ukraine's Dvorichansky National Park. More info
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Elk Feeding on Snow

Elk Feeding on Snow

Straumsbukta

Norway
Recordist: Stein Nilsen
Location: Straumsbukta, Norway
Habitat: Birch and willow shrub
Notes: Elk (Moose) feeding on frozen snow in minus 12c degree temperature! More info
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Grazing Bison

Grazing Bison

Oklahoma

United States
Recordist: Felix Blume
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Habitat: Prairie
Notes: At the end of the day, Bison gathered to feed on handouts from a park ranger. More info
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Hart Mountain Refuge

Hart Mountain Refuge

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Oregon

United States
Recordist: John Hartog
Location: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Oregon, United States
Habitat: Sage grassland
Notes: An early morning sageland soundscape featuring short-eared owls (Asio flammeus) with barks, hoots and wing-claps. Other species include Wilson's snipe, sage thrasher, vesper sparrow, and savannah sparrow, greater sage grouse. More info
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Swinhoe’s Snipe Display Flight
Kazakhstan
Recordist: Patrick Franke
Location: Bjelaja Uba, Kazakhstan
Habitat: Riverine grassland
Notes: Excellent recording documenting the display flight of a Swinhoe's Snipe. More info
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Northern Wetland

Northern Wetland

Cape Breton Highlands

Canada
Recordist: Mark Brennan
Location: Cape Breton Highlands, Canada
Habitat: Tundra and wetland
Notes: Recording locations included the high Tundra plateau of the Cape Breton Highlands and the hidden wetlands of the Acadian Forest of Canada's east coast.More info
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Song of the Meadow

Song of the Meadow

Benton Hot Springs, California

United States
Recordist: Jack Hines
Location: Benton Hot Springs, California, United States
Habitat: Meadow & grassland
Notes: This lovely recording features the sounds of open country birds including Meadowlark, Great-tailed Grackle and California Quail. More info
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Birdsong in Flói

Birdsong in Flói

Flói Nature Reserve

Iceland
Recordist: Magnus Bergsson
Location: Flói Nature Reserve, Iceland
Habitat: Tundra and wetland
Notes: This recording contains the sounds of many local birds and migrants including Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Tern, Red-throated Diver, Black tailed Goldwit, Common Snipe, Golden Plover, Whimbrel, Eurasian Oystercatcher. Background noise is coming from the surf along the south coast. More info
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Zebra Herd by the River

Zebra Herd by the River

Tarangire River

Tanzania
Recordist: Listening Earth
Location: Tarangire River, Tanzania
Habitat: Savannah grassland
Notes: A group of several hundred zebra come to the river to drink at midday. They are nervous of predators, and indeed we'd seen several prides of lions in the vicinity in previous days. Also heard are collared doves, plover and buffalo weavers. More info
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Achit-Nur Soundscape

Achit-Nur Soundscape

Lake Achit-nur

Mongolia
Location: Lake Achit-nur, Mongolia
Habitat: Lake with reeds, steppe
Notes: Soundscape from the remote Lake Achit-nur in Mongolia. Species recorded include Great Reed Warbler, Whooper Swan Common Coot and Common Black-headed Gull More info
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Cranes – Autumn Migration

Cranes – Autumn Migration

Matsalu National Park

Estonia
Recordist: Veljo Runnel
Location: Matsalu National Park, Estonia
Habitat: Wetland
Notes: Eurasian Cranes, after roosting overnight by the Matsalu bay, head out to feed in the nearby fields and grasslands. More info
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Eyjafjallajokull Soundscape

Eyjafjallajokull Soundscape

near Eyjafjallajokull

Iceland
Recordist: Tim Lewis
Location: near Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland
Habitat: Mountain plateau
Notes: Recorded high up in the mountain pastures below the famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano on the south of the island. You can hear a diverse range of birdsong and the delicate sounds of streams flowing down from the glacier. More info
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Sounds of the Northern Steppes
Russia
Location: Altai region, Russia
Habitat: River poplar forest surrounded by grassy steppes
Notes: The sounds of Hoopoe, Ruddy Shelduck and Black Kite (and a few cows in the background!) in a stand of riverside forest in the remote Russian northern steppes. More info
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Microcosmos Voices

Microcosmos Voices

Rdeisky State Reserve, Veliky Novgorod

Russia
Location: Rdeisky State Reserve, Veliky Novgorod, Russia
Habitat: Meadow
Notes: In a Russian meadow, the unusual, wispy rattles of grasshoppers and bush-crickets, along with the sounds of other insects and birds make for a relaxing, gentle rhythm.More info
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Song of Arrivals

Song of Arrivals

Rönneå River, Scania

Sweden
Recordist: Håkan Karlsson
Location: Rönneå River, Scania, Sweden
Habitat: Flooded meadow by a river
Notes: The calls of hundreds of Whooper Swans after they arrive to feed on flooded meadows by the river Rönneå. More info
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Shetland Autumn Sounds

Shetland Autumn Sounds

Shetland Islands

United Kingdom
Recordist: Hugh Harrop
Location: Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
Habitat: Coastal moorland
Notes: A composite mix of autumn bird sounds recorded in various locations in Shetland. More info
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Bluethroat and Bumblebees
Finland
Recordist: Hannu Jännes
Location: Karigasniemi, Finland
Habitat: Tundra
Notes: Recorded at 1am in midnight sun. This recording won the overall Silver Fox prize of WSRS's annual competition. More info
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Quemado Dawn Chorus

Quemado Dawn Chorus

near Quemado, New Mexico

United States
Recordist: Christine Hass
Location: near Quemado, New Mexico, United States
Habitat: Open grassland
Notes: Dawn chorus on the open plains. Features Northern Mockingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird and Eastern Meadowlark. More info
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Telinga Morning

Telinga Morning

Telinga

Sweden
Recordist: Klas Standberg
Location: Telinga, Sweden
Habitat: Cleared area with wetlands
Notes: Recorded at 3am in modified habitat which has been cleared of natural forest. Species recorded include Common Snipe, Whinchat and Tree Pipit. More info
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Early Morning at Loch Urr

Early Morning at Loch Urr

Loch Urr, Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland
Recordist: Pete Smith
Location: Loch Urr, Scotland
Habitat: Marsh and wetland
Notes: Beautiful soundscape featuring the display calls of Curlew and the non-vocal drumming flight sounds of Snipe. More info
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