Where are the Birds?
Noosa Heads QLD
Sennheiser MKH 60
Boom pole array
I have sorted through a lot of the material that I have recorded over the last month or so. It is the first opportunity I have had to do so since returning to Australia. There has been a lot of new material catalogued and added to the library. This is the first specific trip out to get some new raw material. The national park is only a few minutes walk away from where we are staying so I naturally thought this would be a good source for bird and animal sounds. It appears I am wrong on that count. For some reason there seem to be far more birds living right in the heart of the populated areas. I am not sure if the types of trees are more suitable or if the birds have better access to food from people, either way the more remote an area I find, the less birds there seem to be. This is somewhat frustrating as it means all the best bird sounds will be mixed in with traffic, people and general background noise.
I did get some material today. A few good insect sounds and a couple of very clear bird calls, so I would still call the day a success. I also managed to sample some good rock sounds from a small land area that was used to pile up several different grades of rock and stone.
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Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences