Noisy Corkscrew Swamp Part 2

Back in February of 2009 I posted a short recording from The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples Florida.  I was pretty frustrated with the amount of noise made by humans there; it is an amazing place with great wildlife but the din of vehicular traffic and air traffic can be pretty damn oppressive.

I was digging around in my recordings from that session, hoping to find some more clean material, but it was not to be.  Instead, I found some amazing-sounding birdlife covered with air traffic and some distant cars rumbling on the surrounding roads.  The birdlife is so stunning that I still felt compelled to post the recording, even though it is not one of my best.

I’ll probably be down there again this year, and I hope to get another chance to get some clean recordings without the presence of airplanes and the like.  I would also love it if any bird experts could chime in with some species IDs if they have the time.  I am dying to know what those prehistoric heron sounding things are!

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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Noisy Corkscrew Swamp

Back in late December of 2008 I was down in Naples, Florida for a short trip and decided to check out Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It is a remarkably beautiful place that features an old growth cypress forest that barely lets light pass through it.  It also has a boardwalk that takes  you through a healthy chunk of the swamp to areas that are normally be  hard to get to.  I saw herons, hawks, thrushes, and even a raccoon.  I’m not talking about the kind of raccoon that eats your trash, but a real raccoon that is not fat on Whoppers from Burger King.  The raccoon was svelte and pounced on a fish like a cheetah.  I wish I had pictures, but the raccoon was super fast and I also forgot my camera.  

So you get the idea – Corkscrew Swamp is pretty damn cool.  All except for one thing:  noise!  All those birds and critters make great sounds, but you can’t hear them that well when planes are constantly flying over head and heavy traffic is always driving by.  Apparently, it didn’t used to be like this, but when Naples became a prime retirement location, air traffic increased and the surrounding roads were widened to accommodate more traffic.  I wish I had the opportunity to record there 15 years ago.

I am currently in the process of sifting through the recordings from that day to try and find some clean material and I’m not having a tremendous amount of luck.  It is one of those places where you have to record for weeks to get just a few hours of usable material.

This is a short clip of some cool birdies with some not so cool traffic overlapping the recording.  Of all of the material I have sifted through this has the least offensive intrusion of human sound.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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