John Grzinich, Veljo Runnel-Palupōhja Dawn Chorus 2016
John Grzinich-Great Spotted Woodpecker, early morning
Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve
John Grzinich, Veljo Runnel
The base for this soundcamp is a cabin at Palupõhja 'looduskool' (Nature School) in the Alam-Pedja Nature Reserve in southern Estonia. Our stream is run by sound artists John Grzinich, Dawn Scarfe and biologist Veljo Runnel.
Alam-Pedja is the largest nature reserve in Estonia: 'a vast wilderness area which covers 342 km2 (85,000 acres) and consists of a complex of 5 large bogs separated by unregulated rivers, their floodplains, and extensive forests. The nature reserve aims to protect diverse ecosystems and rare species, mainly through preserving the natural development of forests and bogs and securing the continuing management of semi-natural floodplain grasslands..'
During our Reveil morning chorus, the following species could be heard: Redwing, Blackbird, European Robin, Common Snipe, Eurasian Bittern, Chaffinch, Cuckoo, Black Grouse, Crow, Eurasian Crane, Mallard, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon, Willow Warbler, Fieldfare, Swans, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Tit, Moor Frog, Common Toad, Bees and some Scottish Highland Cattle that were grazing in the field nearby.