Re: birding-aus Bird-calls on TV (Sea-Change)

To: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Bird-calls on TV (Sea-Change)
From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 18:09:16 +1000
At 09:52 AM 6/10/99 +1000, you wrote:
You are taking the position that it is normal practice to dub bird calls
onto sound tracks - for reasons of verisimilitude, etc, I presume (rather
like music is used).  Do you know this to be so?  I just don't recall
hearing calls on other episodes of this show or on other TV shows (but
maybe I wasn't listening, or alternatively the effect is so "normal" that I
"hear" them but unconsciously just accept them as part of the environment
of the show - although I find this a little hard to believe).
You don't think this was some "special" case, do you?  For fun?  For a
dare?  For some other reason?

PS  Alan Morris also replied - see below:

Not only did I hear the Boobook Owl and the Golden Whistler but I also thought
that I heard the call of the White-throated Nightjar, not long after the
Boobook Owl call!
Alan Morris

>Hi Richard
>I too have spent some time as a couch potato watching re-runs of "Sea
>I think I've noticed the Boobook and a few other bits and bobs, but the
>that clinched it for me was White-throated Nightjar.  There are no WTNs at
>Barwon Heads or particularly nearby, which leaves a couple of possibilities:
>1.  The show is filmed in Victoria, but the storyline suggests somewhere
>between northern NSW and central Qld, so maybe a cluey sound editor puts in
>likely birds from that area?? or
>2.  It's a random process of including birds from some east coast sound stock
>At least they don't have Kittiwakes and Great Horned Owls in the soundtrack!!
>Cheers, Lawrie

From:    Dr Richard Nowotny,
             Melbourne, Australia.
             Tel. (w) 61-3-9214.1420

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