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Call of the Owl - nature soundscape -

Call of the Owl

Recordist: George Vlad
Kanderi Swamps, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Recommended charity: International Tree Foundation


An owl calling from an acacia tree in the East African savannah. This Verreaux’s eagle owl advertised his territory from the exact tree that I set up my overnight sound recording rig in. I was hoping to record the gentle insect chorus and distant bird calls, and the owl calls were a beautiful surprise I discovered when I checked the sound recordings afterward.

The low-frequency grunts act as a sort of underlying rhythm to the otherwise calm and peaceful soundscape. You can hear another eagle owl in the distance at times, and on top of that there is s Scops owl calling occasionally. Crickets and other insects complement this beautifully wild ambience.

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