Sunday, 6 December 2015

Big Jake Calls The Waders

BIG JAKE CALLS THE WADERS (320kbs/112mb/50mins)
UK, LP Millstream Records (SRTX-80-CUS598): 1980


BIG JAKE Calls the Waders

"When Alan Haven first mentioned the idea of this record to me, my immediate reaction was "Marvellous - about time". When later he played me the actual recordings, my reaction was absolute amazement. All I could do was splutter words like 'fabulous', 'unbelievable'. My further reaction was disbelief that these sounds were made by a human, until Alan pointed out the silent backgrounds, the lack of any other birds calling, the absence of any wind noise or indeed, any of the other multitude of extraneous noises attendant upon recordings made in the field. Add to all these the ever-so-subtle but, nevertheless, noticeable exaggerations in the calls and it at once becomes apparent that this is a studio-engineered recording, made entirely by people, but people with a very healthy knowledge of birds and particularly of bird sound. This it is, that makes this product so fabulously unique.

"In fifty years of watching and listening to birds, and in particular the waders, I can quite honestly say that this is one of the most exciting and invaluable ideas to happen to bird-watching. How I wish we had had such a help in the old days! The time I would have saved in knowing my birds by ear - because in this recording all that knowledge is readily available. The calls of the birds are clearly and simply demonstrated by jake Ward. A gentle giant of a man with an amazing ear. Gentle for the birds that is, but woebetide any potential egg-collector or pther disturber of the birds that crosses Jake's path. It is then he becomes a very angry giant, indeed. Many is the time he has sat an all-night watch over the reserve, damp and cold, to guard rare breeding birds and their eggs.

"The sounds are explained by Bryan Bland. A most happy choice, for here is a man well-versed in passing on knowledge to others and able to do it in a thorough and yet totally interesting manner. The stamp of the master teacher; equally caring and concerned for the birds and living in Cley because of them.

"Finally, all our thanks must go to another ardent conservationist, Alan Haven, the man who first dreamed up the idea, put it into practice and brought it to fruition. A musician by profession who has also chosen to live and work near the birds here on the north Norfolk coast. He it is who developed the special recording techniques that make this whole concept work so well, and working closely with Jake Ward and Bryan Bland, has created a team that has given to ornithology a completely new sound method.

"It is always exciting to witness the introduction of something new and different, and I believe this to be a most outstanding contribution to the art of bird recognition. I can only hope that this is the forerunner of a whole series of records, for it fills admirably, what has always been a large gap in our learning material. I am both proud and grateful for the opportunity to be associated with it by writing these sleeve notes. I only hope I do it credit, for it is truly an amazing piece of work."

W. F. Bishop
42 years Warden of the Norfolk Naturalists Trust's world famous reserve at Cley, Norfolk.


BAND A    Introduction

    (1) Oystercatcher        Haematopus ostralegus


    (2) Avocet            Recurvirostra avosetta


    (3) Stone Curlew        Burhinus oedicnemus


    (1) Little Ringed Plover    Charadrius dubius
    (2) Ringed Plover        Charadrius hiaticula
    (3) Kentish Plover        Charadrius alexandrinus
    (4) Dotterel            Eudromias morinellus
    (5) Golden Plover        Pluvialis apricaria
    (6) Grey Plover            Pluvialis squatarola
    (7) Lapwing            Vanellus vanellus



    (1) Knot            Calidris canutus
    (2) Sanderling            Calidris alba
    (3) Little Stint        Calidris minuta
    (4) Temminck's Stint        Calidris temminckii
    (5) Curlew Sandpiper        Calidris ferruginea
    (6) Purple Sandpiper        Calidris maritima
    (7) Dunlin            Calidris alpina

BAND B    (1) Black-tailed Godwit        Limosa limosa
    (2) Bar-tailed Godwit        Limosa lapponica
    (3) Whimbrel            Numenius phaeopus
    (4) Curlew            Numenius arquata

BAND C    (1) Spotted Redshank        Tringa erythropus
    (2) Common Redshank        Tringa totanus
    (3) Greenshank            Tringa nebularia
    (4) Green Sandpiper        Tringa ochropus
    (5) Wood Sandpiper        Tringa glareola
    (6) Common Sandpiper        Actitis hypoleucos
    (7) Turnstone            Arenaria interpres

BAND D    Conclusion

Commentary written and spoken by BRYAN BLAND
Devised, Produced and Engineered by ALAN HAVEN at his North Norfolk Coast Recording Studio

Beach Road
Norfolk NR25 7SR

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