Coqui Magic Nightscapes

El Yunque Mountain Scene © Lang Elliott

Just for fun, I’ve been exploring my Coqui recordings from my trip to Puerto Rico in March of 2013. As many of you already know, the Puerto Rican or Common Coqui is a small tropical frog that is widespread throughout the island (along with a handful of other species in the genus), and that has a very recognizable breeding call that rises in pitch and sounds like a whistled CO-KEE! Featured are four amazing nighttime soundscapes that will give you a taste of what the tropical forest sounds like in the wee hours before dawn …

Crickets, Drip, Owls and Peepers

beaver pond in Shindagin Hollow, at dusk © Lang Elliott

Tomorrow, I’m off to the Catskills to attend a workshop with David Abram, author of the splendid book “Spell of the Sensuous.” Should be fun. But to keep y’all happy while I’m gone, I’ve decided to post a new immersive binaural (3D) soundscape … I’m calling it “Crickets, Drip, Owls and Peepers” and I recorded it on the 25th of September 2017 in nearby Shindagin Hollow. How fortunate I am to have captured this wonderful recording!

Light Rain and Blue Jays

Shindagin Hollow forest scene

Featuring light rain and the calls of blue jays and spring peepers, this remarkably immersive binaural field recording is best appreciated by listening over headphones. The raindrops provide a wide, relaxing soundstage against which blue jays sound off with a variety of nasal sounds and jay-calls. Occasionally spring peepers give brief series’ of bird-like peeps … their “autumn piping” from trees and shrubs, often occurring quite far from their breeding pools and ponds.

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area © Lang Elliott

IN EARLY TO MID APRIL, I made two visits to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (altitude 4600 feet), located about eight miles north of Sonoita, Arizona. Located in the transitional area between the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts, the picturesque refuge comprises more than 42,000 acres of rolling grasslands with numerous riparian corridors lined with tall cottonwood trees. I had very good luck recording there …

The Voices of Lost Maples – Podcast

Lost Maples - typical habitat, by Lang Elliott

Hi all! I’ve just finished “the Voices of Lost Maples,” a podcast commemorating my March 6-8 visit to Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Hill Country of Texas. I was accompanied by my field assistant Beth Bannister and we had a topnotch “nature sound experience” there. Please join us in our adventure …

Lost Maples Natural Area

Lost Maples - typical habitat, by Lang Elliott

From March 6-8, field assistant Beth Bannister and I explored Lost Maples State Natural Area, in the Hill Country near Vanderpool, Texas. I’ve recorded at Lost Maples a number of times and was excited to visit, but was concerned that there would be little to record so early in the spring. Boy, was I wrong on that count!

Apalachicola – Podcast Prototype

Pine Woods at Dusk (Everglades NP) by Lang Elliott

Join Lang on a camping expedition to the Apalachicola National Forest in the panhandle of Florida. You’re sure to be amazed at the fascinating natural soundscape of the southern pine woods … birds, frogs, insects and mammals sounding off from night into day …

Frog Pond Campout

Frog Pond Habitat ©  Lang Elliott

A few nights ago, I camped next to a marsh in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest. The object was to get some sleep so that I could rise at 4am and enjoy the birds, singing at dawn. As it turned out, I stayed awake well into the wee hours of the morning, fascinated by the never-ending chorus of Bullfrogs and Green Frogs …

Green Frog Stutter-Fest

Green Frog calling

Yesterday morning at 12:30 am, I recorded Green Frogs at a small woodland pond. With the temperature in the high 60’s, it was a laid-back performance, accentuated at times by the trills of a lone Gray Treefrog (with others calling in the distance). My intention was to present the soundscape on my blog as a slow-paced, meditative experience. But then something unexpected happened …

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