Bird Sounds & The Herons Call Petulu, Bali

Recording bird sounds in the morning in Petulu, Bali!

I love reading the Lonely Planet and in other blogs about the suggestion coming at 5 PM in the evening to Petulu. That means nobody knows about the magic that happens in the morning. I was only surrounded by sleeping and slowly waking up white, yellow and black Herons.

Sound Compilation Morning Soundscape, Petulu

I showed up around 5 am (I suggest coming at 6 am ) and if you want to see 20000 birds in the sky like the Lonely Planet described you should come in April or May when the babies are ready to fly!

I went a few days earlier at 5 PM in the evening and maybe its not likewhat you may think from the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”. You don’t see a wall of birds flying at once into the village.

They coming slowly from all direction and I could only see a few hundred when I was there. Just as I said, that was in the evening. The real magic happens in the morning when all birds and the village inhabitants are still sleeping. You can listen how the villages wakes up and the sun rises.

That is the moment when you see thousands of birds leaving and circulating in the sky. Together with the upcoming sun in the background, it was one of the best things I have ever seen and recorded!

bird sounds

If you think NYC, Saigon or Berlin is noisy this village don’t need to hide if it comes to noise. It is so loud I can’t even explain it. I had the headphones on and was speechless. But listen for yourself down below.

The herons started calling each other and leaving the nest? All roosters in the village are now at full force “Cock A Doodle Doo”! People leaving the houses and start to clean the streets.

The temple guard woke up the village with some massive bell hittings! Luckily I was just across the street so I could record this sound as well! I wouldn’t call it a bell it is more like a huge hollow sounding piece of wood.

If you need a new wake up ringtone or you don’t like your neighbors this sound will be perfect for that. 🙂

bird sounds

Recording Gear

I used the Zoom H6 and the DPA 4060

The file length is about 5 minutes I recorded in96/24.

Location near Ubud

If you come at evening you have to pay a entry fee and I think it was 20000 Rupiah. In the morning you don’t have to pay anything. Just a friendly smile to the curious people who probably thought  “What am I doing here”?


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