One of the acknowledged limitations of this blog (and many others for that matter!), is that pictures alone can never capture the wonderful soundscapes of the Australian bush.
Andrew Skeoch, a contributor to Natural Newstead and an extraordinary nature sound recordist, is featured on ABC radio this week – on one of my favourite programs, Big Ideas.
The episode, entitled ‘Listening to Nature’, was recorded at this year’s Woodford Music Festival.
The evolution of sound and listening. Listening to nature isn’t just a peaceful and joyful experience. It can teach us our place in the natural world. Animal sounds and bird song have adapted to specific environments and habitats, but the use of sound has in turn shaped the evolution of different species. And that includes homo sapiens. Sound has formed us as social and cultural ‘animals’.
Click here to listen to Andrew’s talk – you’ll be very glad you did!
Andrew, together with his partner Sarah, are Listening Earth – for nearly twenty years they have been recording the diverse, wondrous and delicate sounds of our natural world.