Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Must Have Book For UK Readers! British Bat Calls

An awesome new book will be shipping soon. It will be of particular interest to bat enthusiasts in the UK:

British Bat Calls
A Guide to Species Identification

Jon Russ
185 pages, colour illustrations, distribution maps.

...How I wish such a book existed for American bats! *sigh*
You Folks in the UK are very lucky (in more ways than one!)...

You may pre-order the book, from NHBS via the link below:

Great New Bat Blog From Germany


I'd like to share a really nice bat detector page I just "discovered" - The author of the blog, Johann Schilling, was nice enough to include a link to my blog on it : )

(It's in German, but can be easily translated with Web-based tools if need be (Babel Fish, etc.)

I strongly urge you to visit, and have a look around! - There are some incredibly informative links about bat detecting there! (many of which, are in English).

Happy bat detecting!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pettersson D240X Review In The Next WSRS Journal

For those who are interested, or who are already Members - Just FYI: 

The Spring 2012 edition of the WSRS Journal 'Wildlife Sound' 

Coming very soon for WSRS Members!

It will feature a slightly different version, of my review of The D240X.

Link to The WSRS Website

Monday, May 21, 2012

Now Available: The Batango From Dodotronic -

While recently "making my rounds" visiting a few bat detector company websites, I noticed that Dodotronic has given theirs a new look. And, I've also noticed that they are now taking online orders for The Batango.
So, this is just a quick post, to let you know. The Batango

Happy bat detecting!

Friday, May 18, 2012

For Those Who Are Also Interested In Insects, And Other Typical Backyard Fauna

I've just started updating one of my other blogs pretty regularly lately - Bronx Bugs, Birds & Bats
So I just thought I would share. I try to cover most of the small critters that I encounter, both in my backyard; and my Sister-in-law's. I plan to update it very regularly now. And I hope that many of you find it of interest.

Happy bat detecting!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The New Advertisements You May Have Noticed...

A short post, to cover the topic of the new advertisements you've probably noticed -

Basically, I never intended to have any Ads at all on any of my blogs. But - An unexpected situation (and opportunity) has presented itself - Something rather unique.
Two of my favorite online shops: Alana Ecology and NHBS, have merged. And, NHBS now offers Bloggers and owners of Websites, the option of adding Links and Ads on their pages - Which allow Bloggers to receive (a small percentage) of any orders placed via their pages.

I've started to place small link buttons in my posts, if I happen to be mentioning a book or product that NHBS has available. So, if you are considering buying something that NHBS carries - Then I would appreciate it, if you would order the item by using the links on my pages. I use the "points earned" to discount my orders with them.

This will be the beginning (and the end) of my involvement with anything "Commercial" or advertising-related. The only reason that I have opted to include Ads on my blogs, is because I am honestly very fond of NHBS, and the unique products that they offer. I believe that they are a very valuable online resource.

Well, I do hope that I've explained it all clearly enough!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Follow-Up Post Regarding Bat Call Software

Follow-Up Post regarding the subject of Bat call analysis software

I have not been contacted by any software manufacturers. Just FYI: This isn't the first time that I've had no response from them. There has been a comment, posted by Mr. Raimund Specht of Avisoft Bioacoustics
Directing our attention to a very thorough software package that he has available -  See Comment Here
I don't really see myself reviewing the (free) Demo versions of these applications, but since Raimund was kind enough to direct our attention to his app, I will install it on this laptop; give it another try, and report my thoughts. I have had the opportunity to use his software in the past (while reviewing his new, compact ultrasound devices). I will say this: It is a very detailed software application!

At this point, I will advise; that if a software package interests you - Simply download & try-out their free demo version (if available) and decide for yourself.

Happy bat detecting!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Devices Used For Recording Orthoptera (Singing Insects)

In addition to detecting bats: I occasionally do enjoy detecting, and attempting to identify Orthopetra (various singing insects). I'm going to try to keep this post as brief as possible. I simply want to share the results of tests I've done; using a few different bat detectors, etc.
For those who are also interested in singing insects, there are two books that I can highly recommend:
The first is 'Guide To Night-Singing Insects Of The Northeast' by John Himmelman.
The second, is called 'The Songs Of Insects' by Lang Elliot and Wil Hershberger. They both cover the Orthoptera of the Northeastern United States.
In the US, they may be found just about anywhere books are sold.

For Readers in the UK & Europe who are interested, they may be purchased from NHBS, by clicking on the links below:

The second book, is the one I used for my testing: I used recordings from the (included) audio CD; limiting my focus to the songs of insects that happened to be in the sub-audible range. I suppose they may also be described as "near-ultrasonic". In other words, tracks that I had a bit of trouble hearing with the naked ear. I find the whole subject rather fascinating. Here are the track numbers used, along with the insect names:

#25 Short-Winged Meadow Katydid
#26 Slender Meadow Katydid
#27 Woodland Meadow Katydid
#28 Saltmarsh Meadow Katydid

So, the tests were really simple: Did the device or bat detector used "hear" the recording or not?

---------------------------Below, are the devices - Along with the results-----------------------------------

  Olympus DS-30    ZoomH2     BatBox Baton    Wildlife Acoustics' EM3       BatBox Griffin

#25         No               No                 Yes                         Yes                             Yes
#26         No               No                 Yes                         Yes                             Yes
#27         No               No                 Yes                         Yes                             Yes
#28         No               No                 Yes                         Yes                             Yes

Well, that's really about it - I'll gauge the interest in this subject/post, and if it is "popular" then I may do the same test with a couple of other bat detectors, etc.

Happy bat (and bug) detecting!