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Caribbean bird turns up on Farne Islands

 
The Bridled Tern on the Farne Islands

A Caribbean visitor has seen birders flock to islands off the Northumberland coast.

The Bridled Tern, which has arrived on the Farne Islands, is thought to be the same bird which paid a visit last July, when it stayed for two weeks and attracted around 800 bird watchers.

Farne Islands head warden David Steel said: “It caused birders from as far away as Kent and the South West to jump into cars, drive overnight and admire this beauty from the Caribbean. It was the first bridled tern which was accessible to bird watchers in the UK since 1991, and only the 24th recorded for Britain.”

But last week, the bird was spotted on Fair Isle off the Shetlands by ex-Farne Island wardens before it headed south to Northumberland.

I suspect it may now be with us for some time yet,” said Mr Steel, who believes that the bird may have followed other migrating terns to the UK.

“It is a long way from home, but it seems to be very happy on the Farne Islands, where it has lots of food, and feels safe with all the other terns.

“It is also displaying to the sandwich terns and we may have some hybrid chicks. I think we will have a lot of people coming to see this bird.”

Inner Farne is open daily from 1.30pm to 5pm.

The Bridled Tern on the Farne Islands

 

 Meanwhile, another rare visitor has turned up at Hauxley nature reserve near Amble, in Northumberland.The Black-Winged Pratincole was spotted by birdwatchers at the Northumberland Wildlife Trust site behind Druridge Bay.

The bird, the size of thrush, comes from Turkey and parts of Asia.

There have been only 39 previous records of the bird in Britain, and it is the first sighting of the species in the North East.

Alan Tilmouth, of the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club, said: “It may just have decided to go in a different direction and been caught in a weather system.

“It is a very unusual sighting for Northumberland.”

Source –  Newcastle Journal, 25 June 2014

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SPIRIT OF PLACE 1 – Man Haven Bay

Spirit Of Place is an ongoing multi-media Frankenstein Sound Lab project, revolving around an experimental computer programme called i2sm.

i2sm creates music – or more properly sound – from images via the medium of MIDI instrument voices. You load your photo, painting, etc, choose a starting point, and go. The programme spirals out from the starting point and each colour it encounters en route produces a musical note. Well, in a nutshell…

What you often get, of course, is a mad assemblege of sqwarks and whistles, but within that some rather neat little riffs and tunes appear.  You can save the piece and later edit out the good bits and use them as samples to build a piece of music.

The idea behind Spirit Of Place was to take photos at a few favorite local spots here in North East England and use i2sm to generate pieces of music which perhaps might capture some of the spirit of the place.In most cases we also recorded background sound at the locations. Often its so far back in the mix as to not be obvious – but its there, linking us with a certain place in time and space.

Anyone who has used MIDI sounds will be aware that some are better than others. As a result of experimenting, we’ve found the ones that work best for us are ones like piano, viola, contrabass, xylophone, strings… as a result the pieces tend to sound like something which might best be described as experimental modern classical.

We then decided to try to make videos of each place.

The first of these pieces was generated from a photo of Man Haven Bay, on the South Tyneside coastline, between South Shields and Sunderland. This piece predates the idea of Spirit Of Place, in fact was the genesis of it.

Eventually there will be an album and maybe a DVD too – for more info, visit the Malice In Sunderland website [link in the sidebar >>>].

Meanwhile – here’s Man Haven Bay.

 

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