Making sense of sound
One of Brazil’s best birders is blind. Watch award-winning sound recordist Juan Pablo Culasso at work at http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33345913
The Michigan Bird Brains are a team of young blind birdwatchers, lead by Donna Posont. Read her essay about birding blind at http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/2012/04/19/sensing-natures-beauty-in-sound-scent-and-touch/
Where Song Began
He describes parrots – including the kooky palm cockatoo pictured on the cover – as having ‘aptitude with attitude’.
Film clip taken from the documentary Australia Land of Parrots. See http://www.abc.net.au
Read more about the palm cocko’s DIY drumsticks and use of drumming at http://www.sciencewise.anu.edu.au/articles/drumming%20parrot
Recordings of palm cockos (and birdsong from around the world) are available online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/201266
Illustration by the late, great Australian bird artist William Cooper (6 April 1934 – 10 May 2015).