Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year - "song-rings"

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Subject: Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year - "song-rings"
From: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 09:24:10 +1100
Hello Birders!
I recently went to the above exhibition at the Australian Museum in Sydney - I 
usually try to get there every year - and was blown away as usual by the beauty 
of nature, thanks to all the photographers. It's such a lovely way to start off 
the year! It's on till 16th March.

There are some great bird shots, but the one that caught my eye was Gastone 
Pivatelli's "Song of the corn bunting" which was a photo of a corn bunting 
singing it's little heart out at dawn, and he managed to catch what he calls 
"song-rings". As the bird sang in the cold, it's breath was formed into rings 
of condensed air - song made visible? Is this a term he has made up or is this 
a phenomenon which is well-known and understood (and has it been photographed 
before)? I'd welcome anyone's thoughts/comments about these song rings. I 
understand that different human speech sounds create different forms in the 
air, and this has been made visible by photographing a person speaking whilst 
exhaling cigarette smoke (lovely, I know!!). So it would follow that each bird 
would make different patterns? I'm fascinated by this as you can tell!

Here's the link to the photo:

As an aside, I was very impressed by their kid's corner right next to the 
exhibition - so many things for young uns to do - and discover/explore. We were 
able to take turns looking at the exhibition while the other kept our toddler 
amused and happy. They also have a great shop!
......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains, 
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