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A Wren singing - the sound of the Big Bang - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:40 am

I made a music track exclusively from the calls and songs of summer migrants birds to the UK.

http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... ummer.html

I heard my first yesterday - a Chiffchaff - always a highlight of the year for me - so this is to celebrate their arrival on my 'patch' - these are species that will be arriving over the next weeks.

The percussion is Winchat, Wheatear, Sedge Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler.

The fluity, synthy and bassy notes are all sampled notes of Blackcap and Garden warbler song.

There is also Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Tree Pipit, Spotted flycatcher, Swift and Cuckoo.
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Go Buddy, Go Go Go! - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sun Mar 27, 2016 7:41 am

A time laspe animation of a bud bursting
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On the parch It’s one big beautiful budburst!
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International flight Arrivals - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:38 am

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Swallows have returned to my patch - this is one painted earlier.
Chiffchaffs, Willow warbler, Blackcap and Grasshopper warblers are here too.....
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A Wren singing - the sound of the Big Bang - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:18 am

I heard a Wren singing on the patch the other day and thought 'that's the sound of the Big Bang'.

'Dude, you're trippin', I hear you say. Well before you dismiss this as the idiot-musings of a drug addled simpleton (which by the way, I find rather offensive), please take a couple of minutes out of your busy schedule to watch this no-expenses-spent clip.

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Insects getting jiggy with it - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Fri May 13, 2016 3:40 pm

Insects getting jiggy with it

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...In some species competition between females, for these gifts, is so strong that they have evolved ornate features - feathery scales on their legs, darkened wings, and inflatable abdominal sacs to increase their attractiveness.

Some people say it's much the same with humans - however, I for one, have yet to see an attractive woman with an inflatable abdominal sac...
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Warbler Survey

Postby robymilling » Fri May 27, 2016 4:10 pm

The results of my patch warbler survey
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I mapped all the singing males...

When viewed this way a good impression is given of the sheer amount of avian biomass which arrives from the south in spring. If they weren't here, there would be a massive ecological vacuum of niches for small insectiverous birds of scrub and woodland.

Furthermore this is just tiny snapshot of the whole country (and indeed the Western Palearctic) giving perhaps an idea of the number of birds that must be the on move during the course of a year.
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The Symmetrical Patch - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:07 am

99% of members of the animal kingdom have a front / back (as a consequence of locomotion) and a top /bottom (as a consequence of gravity) - they also have bilateral symmetry
My blog post on symmetry on the patch
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Moths are messing with your mind - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:20 am

Moths are messing with your mind - well bird's minds actually.
http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... flage.html

Evolution has come up with a bewildering array of different solutions - a host of designs – some subtle in their sombre beauty, others mesmerisingly showy. These designs are aimed directly at influencing the brains of birds – or more often avoid influencing them.

It's sometimes contended that every single marking on a moth or butterfly's wing, every tiny line and dot, must have an adaptive benefit. This may seem hard to believe - surely some of it is purely random?..isn't it?
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'Minimal Wildlife'-quiz- Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:02 pm

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When doing my blog post on camouflage I was messing about with a couple of moth designs in photoshop. I found that I could simplify the design a lot and it would still suggest the moth.

So I thought what's the minimum amount of information that's needed to suggest a certain species? I've tried to use just geometric shapes. I've also tried to get as far away as possible from any kind of representation of the species and still have it be in some way recognisable.

What do you think these are? They could be birds, butterflies, flowers.

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Arthur C. Barnett's Mysterious World - Roby Milling

Postby robymilling » Sat Jul 23, 2016 2:33 pm

There are mysteries around every corner. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a fool, a charlatan and/or Ezra Pound, without an ounce of poetry in their soul (I personally have 3.02 grams of poetry in my soul)(I like to effect the metric system when weighing poetry).

With this in mind, I embarked on an expedition to get to the heart, of the kernel, of the crux of these riddles, that have puzzled precisely no-one since the dawn of time.

'Giant's Back Alley' - mystery solved
'The Fire Trees of Doom' - mystery solved
'The Hatch' (also of doom) - mystery solved

That amazing story in full
http://robymilling.blogspot.co.uk/2016/ ... world.html
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