CRNA MLAKA in Autumn

by Ivo Vicic



Crna Mlaka, a particular ornithological nature reserve, protected swamp-forrest area of international significance according to Ramsar Convention, also a fish-farm and a settlement in the Republic of Croatia, not far from Jastrebarsko. Big fish-ponds and a flood forest, abundance of food and space are an exceptional habitat of numerous animal species: birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles and fish which live or periodically stay in huge number at Crna Mlaka. That is why it's an exceptional location for studying animals and recording them.
This nature album is conceived as a narrative audio story about Crna Mlaka, an attempt to register atmosphere and aura of the location, the story about Crna Mlaka for a period of one day. The album contains recordings from macro to micro, from small details to big compositions. It's in no way just a sheer listing of particular animal species sounds, although significant number of them has been registered on this record.
Apart from animal noises, there is also a sound of wind in reeds or sound of water, sound of cascade in the background. Certainly, some recordings also include constant background road noise, human civilization, as part of actual audio picture of that area. Nevertheless, I believe that this nature album will take you to Crna Mlaka and that - if only for a short time - you will be able to enjoy the sound story and recordings from this extraordinary nature reserve.
Recorded in Autumn, October 2012. on Crna mlaka - Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), in Croatia.
Most common bird species on recordings:
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Black-headed Gull, Common Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Little Grebe (Tahchybaptus ruficollis), Wild Duck (Anas platyrhynchos), Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca), Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra), Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus), Swans (Cygnini), Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Carrion Crow (Corvus corone), Common Blackbird (Turdus merula), Tits (Passeriformes), True thrushes (Turdus), Woodpeckers family (Dendrocopus spp.,Picus spp.), White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), Sparrows (Passeridae), True finches (Fringilidae), and others.
Possible reptiles on recordings: European tree frog (Hyla arborea)
Other animals: dogs, other
This is a high quality recording originally recorded, edited and mixed at 24bit 96kHz resolution. Recorded with finest audio field equipment.


released September 12, 2013



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Ivo Vicic Rijeka, Croatia

Sound recordist, wildlife sound recordist and music producer.
Ivo has been recording natural sounds for many years now and his portfolio includes sounds for documentaries, ambient music, art installations sound backgrounds, etc. He is also on location sound recordist on demand. He lives in Croatia, whose natural beauties and wildlife are still mostly intact. ... more

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