Explore The Map

Welcome to the Sound Approach travel gallery. Our sound collection contains over 57,000 recordings, but we also have a substantial collection of photographs. Here we will be featuring sound recordings and photographs taken from 30 locations Arnoud van den Berg and Magnus Robb visited with photographer René Pop. None of these have ever been published by us before. We will be posting here regularly, since there are around 30 sites to cover, ranging from Alaska through Europe to Mongolia and South Korea, as well as south to Oman and the Cape Verde Islands

Trip Archive

Wadi Al Mughsayl, Oman

Owls have taken The Sound Approach to some legendary places. Desert Owl Strix hadorami more than most. Our first recordings came from the ancient...

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Masirah and Shannah, Oman

Masirah, Oman’s largest island, lies 15 km from Shannah on the eastern coast of Oman. It measures 65 km long from north to south,...

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Eastern Dhofar, Oman

If you are a birder, fortunate enough to travel, then perhaps you know that kid-in-a-sweet-shop feeling when entering completely new territory. For Arnoud, Magnus...

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Al Hajar mountains, Oman

The Al Hajar mountains of northern Oman have been very kind to The Sound Approach. It was here that we discovered Omani Owl Strix...

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Muntasar Oasis, Oman

Oman has two main areas of high bird diversity: in the north the coast and Al Hajar mountains, and in the south the monsoon-watered...

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Al Batinah Coast, Oman

The fertile lowlands of north-eastern Oman, facing a 350 km stretch of the Indian Ocean from the headland of Ras As Sawadi to the...

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Fuerteventura

In January 2010, René and Magnus went to the volcanic, desert-like island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to record some owls. You can see...

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Sweden, Late Autumn

A large influx of Pine Grosbeaks Pinicola enucleator into Sweden in the late autumn of 2004 was too tempting to resist. We had no...

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Santiago, Cape Verde Islands

Santiago is the largest of the Cape Verde Islands and home to half of its population. Despite the human pressure, this is still the...

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Raso, Cape Verde Islands

Raso Lark Alauda razae is a kind of skylark that somehow got marooned in the Cape Verde archipelago a very long time ago, evolved...

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Homer Spit

Homer Spit is a narrow, flat peninsula that stretches 7.2 km into Kachemak Bay, Alaska, USA. It is located on the Kenai Peninsula, the...

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Prudhoe Bay

After a long drive north on the Dalton Highway, Arnoud and René reached Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic coast of Alaska, USA. ‘Deadhorse’, the...

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Dalton Highway, Alaska

The Dalton Highway is the only road from the northern coast of Alaska, USA to the rest of the North American continent. It links Prudhoe Bay...

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Pribilofs, Alaska

To North American birders, the Pribilof Islands are famous for being home to an endemic passerine, as well as being a magnet for rarities of Eurasian origin. In...

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Chiaksan National Park, South Korea

Chaiksan is a national park in an upland region around 100 km east of the South Korean capital Seoul. After a summer trip for...

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Santo Antão & São Vicente, Cape Verde Islands

Santo Antão is the largest, greenest and most mountainous of the Cape Verde Islands. Since the demise of the last Cape Verde Kites Milvus...

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Dilijan, Armenia

Dilijan is a town in a valley in northern Armenia surrounded by deciduous forest. It was Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata that attracted us to...

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Meghri, Armenia

In the far south-eastern border of Armenia, the Araks river forms the border with Iran. The largest town of this area, Meghri, is famous...

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‘Vedi Hills’, Armenia

The ‘Vedi Hills’, as they are known to birders, form the northern edge of the Araks river valley in Armenia. An arid landscape of...

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Aragats Mountain, Armenia

In May 2011, Magnus and René visited Armenia on an expedition that was partly for owls and partly to fill in some Caucasian and...

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Ikh Nart, Mongolia

To reach Ikh Nart, we drove a long way south towards the Gobi desert. At first the road was very good but when the...

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‘Jalman Meadows’, Mongolia

‘Jalman Meadows’, the final stop on our fantastic May 2008 trip to Mongolia, is situated in an area where steppe and taiga alternate; more...

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Buuveit, Mongolia

Around 120 km east of the capital Ulaanbaatar, our first camp at Buuveit was situated in a dramatic landscape of rolling steppe with high...

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Gun-Galuut, Mongolia

Tsengiin Burd is a pristine wetland in the Gun-Galuut nature reserve. It is a fantastic place to see cranes. Demoiselle Cranes Grus virgo and the...

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Madeira

Despite being a popular holiday destination, the island of Madeira has virtually no beaches. Its flanks simply rise too steeply out of the sea...

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Seward Peninsula, Alaska

In June 2004, The Sound Approach went Arctic. While Magnus headed off to the Lena delta in northern Siberia, Arnoud and René made their...

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