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[IHab075] Amanecer con las Oropendolas, de Frédéric Nogray

dimanche 24 novembre 2013

Back in May 2012, when I stayed in Honduras for the first time. La Playa Escondida, Triunfo de la Cruz. Each morning I was waking up with the sounds of Oropendolas, other birds, insects, frogs, and surf of the Caribbean Sea. It was an everyday great pleasure for me to hear these surprising sounds few seconds or minutes after I opened my eyes, still under my mosquito net. Nests of these Oropendolas were hanging in a big and beautiful tree on the beach. 38 of them were hanging in that tree. It was during the mating season for Oropendolas : Montezuma Oropendolas (Psarocolius Montezuma). The first 20 minutes of this dreamlike sonic composition are as much a sound picture of this colony of birds as a portrait of the tree which sheltered it, and the soundscape around.

August 2012, I went back to the same place but the birds had quit the tree to another place. Only the nests were still hanging with few males keeping an eye on them. No more electric-like sounds from the Oropendolas to wake me up…
Few days later I moved to a wildlife refuge in the mangroves (Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cuero y Salado). There, one of the first things I noticed : Oropendolas were flying around.


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