Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lyre, Lyre

My relaxing posts continue with reverence for nature's amazing creations. Most of you are probably already familiar with the lyrebird via Attenborough (who could narrate poo and keep me utterly riveted), but a newer video, courtesy of Adelaide Zoo, offers another awesome glimpse of the bird's awesome calls that shouldn't be missed. Its distantly recognizable English is especially curious; it makes me wonder if all of its interpretations are pitch-perfect, sometimes heard under fuzzy conditions, or if they are close-but-not-perfect approximations of sounds that seem "perfect" because we aren't tuned to catch its discrepancies, somewhat like an American accent used on jibberish.