Sometimes you don’t know where you might find ducks. One of my work colleagues, Ochen Kaylan, has chickens and ducks behind his house. He is part of a cooperative on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. He has runner ducks and wood ducks and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the morning of Superbowl Sunday than with some ducks. Who needs Cardinals when you have ducks?!
Unfortunately there are more geese than ducks in this photo . . . the ducks were around the corner.
In addition to ducks, the co-op also has chickens and geese. Unfortunately, the location was close to a couple of bridges that funnel traffic in and out of downtown Minneapolis. In order to get a clean recording I had to crawl into the duck coop. It wasn’t the most comfortable place in the world, but it provided a decent amount of isolation from traffic.
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. The ducks were only a little afraid of the Rycote.