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What's your favourite sound from the natural world?

I'm not really thinking of your own rutting season session. Sorry Tom.

Last night an owl must have been in a tree very near our window and it emitted the most amazing hoot. Sometimes we hear them from a distance and they can go on for a while but this was isolated and quite magnificent.

What reminds you that life is beautiful? (Rham we know you disagree)

This summer we had nightjars in the wood margin at dusk. Blew my mind.  I filmed the dusk and have the whirring song on vid and I would love to post but I dont know how to post a vid or sound file. 

Can’t remember why  - and maybe I’m muddled- but I thought you (Prodigal) lived in Hove?? Maybe Hove has owls…..

id live to hear a nightjar. Bitterns’ boom is pretty cool. Peregrine call is pretty cool. Foxes screeching on a frosty moonlit night gets the hairs on the back of the neck standing up. Thunder is always awesome. Heavy sea on a shingle beach. 
yeah - woodpeckers drumming 

You'd probably blow up rof if you tried mutters, it cant even cope with anna and cookie's flirting.

have to go a long way to beat the sound of a properly angry storm for me clive.


1. The cracking and babbling of an alpine hanging valley in the spring and summer; or

2. Any large animal (i.e. dog or bigger) doing a massive fart. 


A cat's purr 

A kookaburra's laughter 

The sound of the sea lapping against the pier in my favourite holiday location 


I have yet to hear a Kookaburra laugh, so I will research and enjoy.

I've always enjoyed gently running water, a soft sea, but only an almighty storm; what's the point of thunder if you're not beneath it. 

Right now I'm thinking of that fictional village Lissingdown.

Tuesday, time in my world is flying. I've lost track of where it sits in yours. Hope all is sound.

the slapping sound of a generous pair of human breasts slapping together thwacking together rhythmically as their owner is mated with vigorously from beneath

The sound of the cicadas/crickets singing at dusk on a warm evening.  No better soundtrack to drinking a cold beer and pondering the day. 

There is also something about the gentle buzz of a dragon fly. There is a lovely stretch of river in Wales we go to sometimes which on a (admittedly fairly rare!) hot summer's day is the perfect place to just sit and snooze. There is usually a dragon fly or two gently buzzing over the water. 

Sir Woke, did you read the first sentence. It wasn't just directed at you know who. 

There's no point in stating the obvious.

My most vivid is on a canoeing exped in Canada. Beached the boats for the evening to set up camp, stretched and ate well and then drank a fair amount of whisky from an enamel mug... then heard the killer whales chitter chattering and breaking the surface of the water just a few hundred feet away. Was glorious and primal.

Hard to beat the hoot of a tawny owl on a crisp, clear night.

Also a big fan of the burbling song of skylarks high overhead on a bright spring day.

Doves on a summer afternoon would be in my top three, probably.

Crackling of a fire on a winter afternoon is another.

owls, agreed

not a natural sound but I love the sound of a fast train in the distance at night

somehow evocative, a rather lonely sound

African plains at night with an enormous sky and fat moon with all the sounds of the elephants rumbling, zebras whoop-whooping and sometimes a low moan of a lion all with a cold beer and a crackling fire. (Even on a gap yah)

And horses chuffing away in a field.  Preferably on a cool morning so you can see their breath. Which also smells brilliant.

not a natural sound but I love the sound of a fast train in the distance at night

"There was a Spanish train that runs between..." 

I wouldn't say the call of a peregrine (referenced by bullace) is as tuneful a sound as some of the others that have been mentioned.  When the young are hungry and demand to be fed their calls are loud, with an insistent tone to them that the adults must eventually get as weary of as you would a stroppy teenager.  But when you hear three youngsters all sound off at the same time before launching themselves towards an incoming adult bird, and again when the excited calling rises to a crescendo as one juvenile speeds up to its parent, secures its meal and dives away with its siblings in hot pursuit - that is the sound of nature at its very wildest and freest.  And, almost better yet, it's a sound and sight that almost any of us can experience in the right season. 

(South London - photographer David Element)

- any animal snoring

- the distant rumbling of thunder

- pressing Enter on the keyboard as you respond to a ROF trans thread

Curlew or skylark over lonesome moorland

Wind through trees

Buzz of a bee collecting nectar on a Summer's day

Water trickling over stones

Snow being blown against a window pane (a softer sound than rain, or hail)


Crickets in a hot country after you've got out of the hire car

A fox's unearthly cry on a cold Winter's night

Wild geese honking as they pass high overhead