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AdMU arboretum 3-24-2024 11am h1n mounted on bamboo - Paolo Ven B. Paculan

Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines

Paolo Ven B. Paculan

Latitude: +14.638351117442973°
Longitude: +121.07995430137093°

Manila Observatory, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
If this is for Dawn Chorus Day, then I am at the arboretum of the Ateneo de Manila University in Loyola Heights. It is located on the path descending from the university dormitories to the Loyola House of Studies, and has a view of the sunrise over Marikina Valley. The area is home to and stopover for many bird species including the mayang simbahan (Passer montanus), pipit (Cinnyris jugularis), uwak (Corvus macrorhynchos), tagak (Bubulcus coromandus), batu-bato (Geopelia striata), salaksak (Todiramphus chloris), karpinterong maliit (Yungipicus maculatus), and matangdulong (Otus megalotis).

On other days I will be in other places in the Philippines, mostly in our subdivision in Nangka, Marikina, where sounds of Philippine suburban living abound--airconditioners, the occasional car, motorcyle riders delivering packages, bikers and joggers, some species of birds I have not yet identified, crickets, dogs, roosters crowing. Less common but sometimes present are vendors who sell fish or taho, videoke singing, and during Holy Week even a Pabasa in the adjacent neighborhood. 

As of the moment, I am using an iPad with the LocusCast app, connected to an H1n as audio interface and microphone. Will be experimenting with other mics soon. Thanks to Ryo for introducing me to this platform; to all the campers at SoundCamp Manila 2024--nice gig, Paps; and to Dayang for introducing me to all of this and all of them.