In addition to seeing, there are those who prefer to listen to the sound of the birds and how they modulate the soundscape of destinations as fascinating as the island of Orango. This is the case of the writer and specialist in recording the sound of nature Carlos de Hita, who is another of the great connoisseurs of the Bijagó archipelago.
In his book “Sounds of the World”, Carlos de Hita defines the island of Orango as a “scale model of African landscapes”. In it, he makes special mention of the figure of the mangroves that cover a large part of the island, and that he values “as the most effective barrier to stop the erosion of the coast”, describing his passage through them as “green silence, quiet the waves, oppressive atmosphere and smell of swamp and decomposition”.
A multicolored sound story that takes place through other environments such as savannahs, lagoons, jungles, forests and immense white sand beaches, in which 3 birds monopolize a large part of the sensory universe of the island: the cucales, the turtledoves and the weavers .
But beyond its echo, many other species stand out, such as black-tailed godwits, shortbills, plovers, sandpipers, terns, African spoonbills and herons, among many others, competing in shouts and whistles with crickets, scops owls and curlews, under the watchful and silent gaze of the crocodiles.
When night falls, the light of the stars and the sound of the sea take over, attenuating the hubbub and offering a brief truce to the visitor so that they have time to internalize the magnitude of everything they have seen and heard in this corner of the world in the one that the material is always associated with the spiritual.