The above photo was taken on October 19, 2008 at Crex Meadows wildlife area in Grantsburg, WI. I visited once before with my friend Rob Byers and the recording was good, but we knew it could be better. The first time we went to record it was 4:00 AM, pitch black and we were forced to guess on a good location. We guessed well, but I knew if we went back the recordings would be more detailed. Armed with fresh coffee in our “grab and go” cups we headed out at 4:00 AM, moved about 200 feet from the original location and ended up in a location with Sandhill Cranes, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails and Ring-Necked Ducks.
The Sandhill Cranes are the most dominant in the recording; they only got more vocal as the day wore on. Around 8:00 AM the hunters arrived. Hunting season just opened and gunshots echoed all around once the sun started to rise. The birds on the recordings are the lucky ones – they managed to find their way to the refuge!
The first file below is from 5:00 AM and is relatively quiet.
The second file is from 8:00 AM and is more active.
Recording Geek Note:
Schoeps CMC5’s in an MS configuration on a stand approximately 7 feet high. Recorded directly to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96. More Photos if you keep reading.
My pal Rob and me.
Combing out the Rycote.
Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise.