Pelagic Magic – is a mini soundcollage consisting of five different soundscapes from the Røst-archipelago and opens up a little window to a soundworld I would like you to fall in love with! Get a close encounter with the Røst Soundscape, and meet the feathered habitants of the Røst mainland and birdmountains. Experience their fascinating and different voices!
In my ongoing project ”Soundscape Røst”, I am sound-documenting the changes and dissapearance of the century old soundscapes of the Northern Norwegian archipelago of Røst.
I recommend that you playback the christmas-sound calender through a good pair of headphones or speakers. You will loose alot of detail by soley listening through a laptop or similar…
What you first hear is the sound of tide moving through seaweed on the shoreside of mainland Røst around midday on a cloudy afternoon, March 201o, moving into the Kårøy-bay and a gathering of hundreds of Common Eider flirting, as the breeding season is approaching. 40 meters further down the narrow Kårøy-bay we get a close up with the busy nestbuilding and talkative Kittiwakes inside the Kårøya Kittiwake colony. Finally we take a journey to the magical birdmoutains and we are right in the middle of Black Guillemot colony socializing by the rocky shore of Storfjellet a quiet afternoon in May 2010. Finally we listen in on a North Atlantic Puffins nest,where a serious conversation is taking place in a skree on Storfjellet in July 2010.
Here is some more information about seabirds, the seabirds on Røst and about Seapop:
Ocean water and the life that it sustains, is the source of life for all pelagic seabirds. They spend their whole lives out on the open sea and only come into shore to breed between April and August. Norway has about 25 % of the pelagic seabird population in the world, along the southcoast all the way up to the border of Russia, aswell as on Bjørnøya and Svalbard. As a nation we are responsible for monitoring and looking after the wellbeing of millions of seabirds. Common Guillemots, Kittiwakes, the North Atlantic Puffin, Razor Bills, Black Guillemots, Thick Billed Guillemots, Sea Eagles, Leach´s Storm Petrel, European Storm Peterl, Shags, Cormorants, Great Blacked Back Gull, The Lesser Blacked Back Gull. Common Gull, Herring Gull, Arctic Tern, Common Eiders, , and many more species.
In the the past 50 years there has been a decline in seabirdcolonies all over the world. From the coast of Norway, to the Faroese Islands, on the Farallones in The Pacific Ocean, on the bird islands of New Foundland and on the coast British Isles. All over the world seabirds are having trouble breeding and populations are declining.
The Norwegian biologist are monitoring the seabirds through the Seapop-program.
Here is a quote from the pamplet “Seabirds in Norway 2009”, distributed by Seapop.
“Seabirds are the most conspicuous of all marine animals and a very popular part of the coastal and marine environment. Their capacity to exploit the elements is fascinating and helps explain why seabirds still have a large utilitarian value. Although modern trade and technology have reduced their value as food source and indicator of fishing grounds, there is a constant documentation of their role as early, sensitive and cost-effective indicators of the state of the marine environment. We therefore believe that increased knowledge concering their ecology is socially useful and will contribute to a more complete and viable management of our marine ecosystems.
Norway has more seabirds than many other countries. Our international responsibility is therefore large. One of six of our common species has its main distribution in Norway, and one of three is listed in the Norwegian Red List. Five are considered as strongly as critically threathened. “
Copyright Seapop 2010.