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Subject: recording owl vocalizations
From: "wahpenayo" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2005 05:43:26 -0000
I'm working on a study of barred owls in SW Washington and have begun 
to record their vocalizations. I want to upgrade my equipment (not 
hard to do) to get quality recordings, eventually to do comparison 
analysis of their calls. I am looking at the Sony MZNH1 Hi Minidisc 
Recorder, which fits my budget.

I am unsure what kind of microphone would work best. Right now I have 
a ~$40 Radio Shack cardioid mic. There are all kinds of recording 
situations that I will have to deal with. Sometimes the owls are very 
close (20 feet) sometimes 1/4 mile or more away. I want to be able to 
record a pair doing a duet, even when they are on both sides of me.

I have been thinking that another cardioid mic of better quality 
would be the best overall mic, and at sometime in the future get a 
shotgun mic for distant calls.

So right now I am looking at the Sony NH1 and a Sennheiser ME64 
cardioid mic. Can anyone tell me if this is the right choice to begin 
with, and will the recordings be good enough to run through digital 
analysis software?

Thanks for any help.

Bob Pearson
Packwood, Washington


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