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

To: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>
Subject: Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year - "song-rings"
From: "Evan Beaver" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 12:35:17 +1100
In David Attenboroughs exceptional "Life of Birds" series, they spend
a morning in an English forest filming/recording the birds at the dawn
chorus. It was a cold and dry day by the looks of things, and the
breath condensing out of their beaks could be quite clearly seen.
Amazing footage. They weren't rings really though.


On 1/11/08, Arwen B. Ximenes <> wrote:
> 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!
> cheers,
> Arwen
> ......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
> Lawson, Blue Mountains, 
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