Digital recorder/playback units for use in the field

To: "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Digital recorder/playback units for use in the field
From: "Richard Nowotny" <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 12:51:00 +1000
Does anyone have any experience (akin to the current discussion re LED
spotlights/headlamps) that they could share with me re digital
recorder/playback units suitable for use in the field to record a calling
bird and immediately play the call back in an attempt to call a
yet-to-be-identified bird into viewing range (typically needed when birding
in new countries where calls are not known/recognized)?*

A friend has recently seen a guide in South America use an Olympus stereo
digital voice recorder (designed for recording dictation and/or meetings)
with what appears to have been pretty good results.


A good recorder for use in birding would presumably combine most of the
following attributes:

.         Lightweight and portable (suitable for in the pocket), but
sufficiently robust for field-use

.         Sensitive (and preferably somewhat directional) microphone, able
to record bird calls with acceptable fidelity even at some distance

.         Easy playback, with adequate volume (preferably using built-in
speaker/s, or alternatively plug-in lightweight powered speaker/s)

.         Adequate battery life for field use - preferably using readily
available and relatively inexpensive batteries (either replaceable or

.         Software suitable for easy labeling and subsequent identification
of recordings for later playback

.         Competitive pricing


I would be grateful for any contributions, either on or off-line (or by


(*I fully appreciate that there are birding ethics issues here, and that
some birders are uncomfortable with the use of playback in the field - I
would prefer not enter into that debate right now.)




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