March 17th, 2015

You can hear them in the night at the west coast cliffs of the Canaric Island La Palma. They are very shy and I had to climb a cliff of 60 meters height in the night to get them very close to my SONY-PCM-D50 recorder. Yellow Beaked Shearwaters are migrating birds living on the sea and flying thousends of kilometers over the sea each year to come to their breeting sites on the cliffs of the the Canaric Island La Palma. In order to protect their breed from predators they fly every night when it is dark into the cliffs to feed their breed and the shouts are made in order to navigate on the cliffs and on each other.


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    Philip Goddard 3 years, 7 months ago

    Yes, this is an amazing sound - and would be quite alarming for people with superstition or/and fear of the dark! However, like the previous commenter, I find it very much a sort-of comical sound

    The last two summers I got long soundscape recordings of the sea at night on the far west Cornwall coast here in the UK, with the related Manx Shearwaters. Their calls sound really tormented, and not really comical at all. If I were superstitious I really don't know which I would find scarier! :-) You can hear excerpts of my Manx Shearwater sounds in my natural soundscapes CD store.

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    JonasCz 4 years ago

    This is awesome. I find the sound almost comically funny :-)

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