Three recently emerged virgin Queens piping to each other in a colony of honeybees. Recorded with a Lavalier mic at the top of the frame (mid) and a JrF contact mic embedded in the beeswax comb (side). Mixed to L-R stereo. Recorded to a SD702.
Recorded in the Black River Valley in south east Sweden. A soundscape of birds at evening time. Sedge Warblers, a 'booming' Bittern, 'drumming' Snipe and a pair of Whooper Swans fly overhead. Recorded with a dummy-head, so it's best to listen back via headphones. Dense forest on the far side of the river reflects the sound of the swans flying overhead - providing an echo on the near left hand side.
From pre-dawn to dawn on the side of Lake Öjesjön in central Sweden.
Edited highlights from a few hours either side of dawn.
Black Throated Divers (aka Arctic Loons) calling soon gives way to Black Grouse, Snipe, Cuckoos, Nightjars and a dawn chorus of lakeside and woodland birds.
Binaural recording made using 'Posh Pammy' dummy head. MKH8020 mics into SD702. 24/48.
Highlights from Easter Sunday's dawn chorus, recorded at one of the Wimpole Estate (National Trust) woodland belts - an ancient deciduous woodland near to Cambridge, UK. A time compressed 2 hour, 5 channel recording into just 3 minutes of stereo to include the the Tawny Owls, barking deer (Roe deer?), pheasants, woodpeckers and lots of other birds.
High tide during a 'Snettisham Spectacular' at the RSPB reserve on the evening of Friday 14th October 2016.
'Pammy', my binaural dummy-head microphone was attached to the top of the outward most post on the old wooden staithe opposite the 'Rotary Hide' at low tide. This placed her in the middle of much of the avian action at high tide.
This is a binaural recording best listened to using headphones to get the full '3D' effect.
This 10 minute mix has some of the highlights of the 45 minutes either side of the peak high tide. At this point an estimated 1.5 million waders are displaced from the flooded mudflats of The Wash and fly inland. On this evening, high tide coincided with dusk - at which point various types of geese which have been feeding inland - fly out to sea to roost. It's rather like the avian equivalent of Piccadilly circus!
Binaural dummy head recording ('Pammy-Lite') with anatomically correct ears and Primo EM172 electret microphones into an Olympus LS-11, 24-bit, 48kHz digital recorder. No EQ or other effects - only crossfading clips from a 90 minute section of the recording into this 10 minute mix.
How many different bird species can you hear?
From 1am to 5am at the edge of the forest overlooking a large bog. Edited highlights of the 4 hour darkness to dawn transition. Recorded on the 21st May 2017.
Skennaren Bog, in the Black River Valley, Sweden, is a well known area for the Black Grouse Lek. The Grouse can be heard making their strange hissing and warbling sounds from about 2am to 4am in this recording. Lots of other birds including Snipe, Cuckoo, Reed Bunting, Wood Sandpiper, Tree Pipit, Woodpecker and many more .... watch out for the Crane - it's very loud!
Recorded using 'Posh-Pammy', my MKH8020 equipped dummy head binaural microphone rig. SD702. 24/48.
A walk up from the carpark to The Great Geyser at Geysir in Iceland. Passing first the hot water stream as it flows down the hill. Up to the bubbling mass of boiling water in Little Geysir and then up to the top to hear 3 eruptions of the Great Geysir. (The second eruption comprised two smaller eruptions with some birdsong between the two.)
Recorded at about 1am - when most of the thousands of tourists that visit this site were tucked up in bed. A little dark - it was in the 90 or so minutes between sunset and sunrise. As you can see though - plenty enough light to see and take a photo.
DPA4060 microphones on a long boom pole. 24/48.
With storm Jorge gusting at 70mph on the beach at Newborough, Anglesey, off the North West coast of Wales, I decided not to leave any 'posh' microphones or recorders out all night. I wanted to locate the famous Ravenry though - for later in the week, when the winds have died down. I left two AudioMoth recorders out in dry-bags - at a location that looked a likely spot (plenty of corvid poo on the ground below) from 4pm until lunchtime the following morning. The wind was too strong when the corvids arrived at the roost at dusk (although they can just be heard above the wind noise on the recording). However, by dawn, the wind had dropped to 30 to 40 mph and the corvids can be heard waking up and chatting - as well as the more usual 'tweety' birds doing their usual dawn chorus thing. Yep - I think I've found a good spot for recording the ravens later in the week when the wind-speed has dropped.
Dawn in the woods at Newborough, Anglesey. Recorded with two (mono) AudioMoth recorders - each in a dry-bag hung from a low branch - about 200 metres apart. Mixed as a pseudo-stereo (one recording panned 40% left, the other 40% right) recording. No EQ. Mono source files 48kHz, 16 bit using the AudioMoth built-in MEMS microphones.
The delightful sound of air through a Whooper Swans wing feathers as it passes directly overhead.
Recorded at WWT Caerlaverock during the WSRS winter field-trip - December 2017. Microphone placed twixt the Whooper Pond and the Folly Pond just before the 4pm feeding time at the Folly Pond.
'Vicki' - my dual Primo EM172(two each side) in a yoga-block SASS style microphone into a SD MixPre-3. 24/48.
A paddle down The River Cam at dawn - from Waterbeach to Upware. A 6km stretch of river, just north of Cambridge, UK. I was on the river at 4:20am - the dawn chorus was already well under way. The canoe is a Wenonah Argosy, a single seat Canadian style canoe. A fabulous mix of birdsong as the river passes through various habitats.
I know this stretch of river well. I live in Waterbeach and can be on the water in less than 10 minutes from leaving home. There is a pub at Upware called 'The 5 Miles from Anywhere' .... because it is! I usually canoe this stretch of river during the day or evening (when the pub is open) but this journey was to catch the dawn chorus and the sunrise and to test out some new recording kit.
I stopped in the beer-garden at the pub in Upware and drank my Thermos of tea whilst listening to the ducks before paddling back to Waterbeach. This recording contains just the journey north - from Waterbeach to Upware. The dawn chorus was over by the time I headed back south to Waterbeach.
Microphone - A binaural dummy-head, "Camo-Pammy". The latest version of my homemade dummy-head, painted in camouflage colours. Anatomically correct silicone ears and Primo EM172 electrets.
Recorder - Sound Devices MixPre-3. 24/48.
The Cathedral Express passes through Waterbeach on 12th December 2013. Recorded by Sinead the Binaural Head with a pair of DPA4060s into a SD702. The train - a pair of LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 nos 44871 and 45407.
A swan 'flypast' - one of my favorite sounds. With 'rattling' wing-tip feathers and a lovely Doppler shift.
Waterbeach, Cambridge. UK.
AudioMoth recorder with built-in MEMS mic. 16/48. No EQ or processing. Mono.
The amazing sound of a Thrush Nightingale. Such a curious sound from a small 'plain' brown bird. To me, it sounds rather like an operatic version of a Sedge Warbler.
Recorded in the Black River Valley, Sweden. May 2017.
Background sounds include: Corncrake, Grasshopper Warbler, Snipe, Crane and passing traffic.
Telinga StereoDAT parabolic dish microphone to a SoundDevices 702. 48/24.
Photo Credit: CheloVechek (CC)
Watching the kingfishers flying up and down the River Cam near the pumping station just up from Bottisham Lock at Waterbeach. Flashes of turquoise and orange. Kingfisher calls throughout this recording with highlights at 5:20, 6:05, 6:50 and 7:20. Also .....trains passing, dogs barking, fields being ploughed, ducks quacking and swans 'coughing'.
Binaural dummy-head recording. EM172 electrets to LS-11 recorder. 24/48. Best heard via headphones.
Up to the top of the clock tower on a cold and windy June day for the 4pm striking. Back into the cathedral for a short recital on the fabulous pipe organ.
LS-11 to a pair of EM-172 electret mics. 24/48.
In a forest, next to the Loch with Sea Eagles, lots of tweety-birds; distant sheep, deer, owls, mozzies (up close) and hardly any breeze..... a great evening!
A pair of Primo EM172s in a binaural dummy head ('Pammy'). 24/48 SD MixPre-3.
It was great to hear the bats had returned to our garden this spring. I think they are Common Pipistrelles - but I'm happy to be corrected.
A pair of MKH8020 mics 30cm spaced AB. The left one inside a Rycote 'Super Softie' windjammer, the right one 'naked'. To SoundDevices 702 recorder set at 192kHz, 24 bit recording.
The uploaded track is a mix of the track as recorded mixed with a 'hetrodyne' copy of that track. The hetrodyne track was high pass filtered at 20kHz to remove all the human audible sound and then passed through the Reaper ReaPitch plugin and pitch-shifted down 3 and a half octaves. What you hear a mix of the human audible sounds mixed with the 'bat sounds' pitched down by 3 and a half octaves. Simples!
I notice that the Rycote 'Super Softie' greatly attenuates the bats ultrasonic sounds as the pitched-down mix is much quieter in the left channel than in the right channel - which was recorded with an identical microphone but without any windjammer.
It's all recorded in my back garden - with plenty of passing traffic, birdsong etc.