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Subject: Pinkfoot Geese
From: "mopani_wyness" wyness2001
Date: Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:51 am ((PST))
Hi all

I'm working on a project documenting the sounds of a large country park in the 
Scottish Borders. I've recently been recording the pinkfoot geese wintering on 
Folly Loch, a small loch near the village of Ancrum. I'm told they've come from 
Iceland, this year with fewer young than expected because they're being shot in 
greater numbers but I can't confirm this. I must confess that I'm a novice 
twitcher so I truly hope that they are pinkfoot geese or I'm going to look a 
bit stupid aren't I...?

I have about six decent edits so I'd like to share the first which is online as 
the track 'Folly Loch' at:-

The loch is about a mile from a reasonably busy A road. A small single track 
road runs along the length of the loch about 20 metres off from the water's 
edge. The A road traffic can be felt as a low frequency presence but isn't too 
intrusive. The traffic on the small road doesn't interfere with this particular 
take. On the other side of the loch from the road a hillside rises up to a 
thick copse of evergreens. Various cackles and chirps emanate from this 
location from time to time. I'll get round to ID'ing those in due course. I was 
about 20 or so feet above the loch on the hillside, facing the middle. Waves of 
of geese came in at dusk in flights of between four and twelve. This recording 
captures one such flight heard first in the distance to the far right, hoving 
into view and panning clearly to centre left where they splash down and are 
greeted by the others already on the loch. The hillside offers a wonderful echo 
which can be picked up on the mp3 soundfile, though I have
  to say that it is very resonant on the original 24/96 recording. The 
experience is sublime - I've been back several times and have been dumbstruck 
by the sheer physical presence and elegance of the geese and by the wealth of 
sonic detail in their evening ritual. On several occasions clusters of Greylags 
circled overhead, gathering together into an enormous V, adding their call to 
the polyphony, before wheeling off to settle for the night.

I'm using a pair of AT3032s mounted on a DIY 'Curt Olson' head spaced barrier, 
fed to a Fostex FR2LE recording at 24/96. I'm not as close as I'd like on this 
recording so for the next few I sought cover in a nearby bracken bog. Apart 
from the feeling of self mortification and the resultant pleasure that this 
gives to us Scottish Presbyterians, I caught the whirr and zip of the geese 
flying in over my head and was much closer to the water.

More later


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