Corkscrew Imagery

Way back in December I did some recording down at Corkscrew Swamp in Florida.  I was lucky enough to have my brother join me for the excursion and he took some pretty wonderful photographs.  If you dug the recordings from back then, I highly recommend you check out the photographs.  It is really killer work.

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Corkscrew Swamp Revisited

About a year ago I went down to Naples, Florida to record at Corkscrew Swamp and was met with mixed results.  The area is overrun with retirement communities, which means air traffic and vehicular traffic.  I don’t know why I thought this year would be better, but unfortunately it wasn’t.  I was met with the same challenges and was unable to get clean recordings for more than a few minutes at a time.  I am still sifting through the raw material, but one of the highlights I have come across is this duet between Carolina Wrens, which are pretty predominant in the swamp. In the distance you can also hear a small scrub jay squeaking away. (Thanks to Martyn Stewart of http://naturesound.org for the bird identification.)

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Regardless of the noise challenges, Corkscrew Swamp is truly an amazing place to see the sun come up.  There are over 3 miles of boardwalk that enable one to traverse normally inhospitable areas.  I managed to get rather close to a group of wood storks, but my recording gear was set up elsewhere.  When I returned to capture their harsh nasal squawks, they had taken off.   I waited for quite a while to see if they would return, but I ran out of luck.  By the time it hit 9:00 AM or so, the air traffic had kicked into high gear; nothing like geriatric travellers to put a damper on your field recordings.

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 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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