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Re: sit still or panic!

Subject: Re: sit still or panic!
From: "Ray Mansell" BCTess
Date: Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:20 am ((PDT))
If only you were equipped the same way those White-throated Sparrows or
Chickadees are, the solution would have been so simple! As it was, you had
me sitting on the edge of my seat - what a great recording.

And congratulations on your nerves of steel.


On Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 8:40 AM, Mark Brennan

> Hello all, There is a bit of a story to this recording. I am near a lake,
> 40km
> or so from the nearest house recording the Dawn chorus in an Acadian
> Forest.
> It=92s just getting light, the greens are starting to show in the diminis=
> gloom. I don=92t have my headphones on but the recorder is running and I =
> hear
> some sounds off in the distance. I am fine with this, but they get closer
> until
> they are about 30m from me. Two weeks before I saw a mother Black Bear ne=
> here
> with two young cubs! I cant see what it is, but I can see the undergrowth
> moving. I just about had myself convinced it was a bear. Now I have seen
> lots of
> Black Bears in the wild and usually they take off but this was too close
> for
> comfort! So I had to make a decision and a plan, what if it was a bear an=
> how
> would I let it know I was there without startling it. You can listen to
> this and
> make up your own mind. Now that I have listened to the recording, I knew
> within
> about 10 seconds what it was. You can hear it challenging the microphones
> but at
> this point I am not sure because the sounds are too muffled with my 100ft
> cables. Anyway, needless to say, I survived but my heart was beating out =
> my
> chest for a bit! Black Bears, I love them.. But they would make short wor=
> of
> someone like me who startled it so close. I normally carry bear spray, bu=
> this
> time it was in my other pack. Can you tell what it was? I know because I
> saw it
> eventually! But the recording gives you some great audio clues.
> heres the link
> I am sure most of you have had experiences like this!
> Mark
> Mark A. Brennan
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