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.
Beautiful recording! And great pix.
Thanks for the fun adventure. Totally worth it!
How do you feel about the rig? How’s the 744 treating you?