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 for the bird identification.)

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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Michael Raphael December 30, 2009