This year has been exceptional, in that millions of periodic cicadas are now drowning out the routine bird calls:
It takes a lot of insects to make this much noise (click to play):
…making it necessary to do any bird recordings before the sun rises:
The local birds kick off up to an hour before sunrise (click to play):
Early morning is a pleasant time for a gentle stroll along the river, as the following series of photographs shows:
Looking downstream (west). The high-rise buildings over the hill are part of Shenzhen, the ‘Wild East’, a city of ten million people that was a fishing village just three decades ago.
“As a skate’s heel sweeps smooth on a bow bend”.
Looking upstream from the same point where the previous photos were taken. The high-rise apartments mark the eastern edge of Fanling.
The confluence of the river’s two main tributaries.
And if you come back after dark, you will discover that the frog chorus has changed dramatically from that of a month ago:
Yet another frog chorus (click to play):
Compare this recording with the third one in We All Stand Together. Both were recorded in the same place.