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White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa)

Subject: White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa)
From: "Abhijit Menon-Sen"
Date: Sun Sep 18, 2011 4:41 am ((PDT))

I recorded a juvenile White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa) squealing on a
trip to an area of scrub forest in the Aravali foothills outside Delhi,
India on 2011-09-11.

Here's an MP3 file:

Equipment: Olympus LS-11, with built-in microphones, tripod-mounted.
Processing: Normalized to -1.0dB in audacity, plus fade-in/out.

I'm afraid it's not a very exciting recording, but I can't help sharing
another raptor that is rarely heard. At least this recording is free of
traffic and handling noise (and largely free of wind noise too). If you
listen carefully, you can hear some insects zipping across the "stage".

I have a question about editing. My purpose in making this recording was
specifically to share the buzzard's call. In that sense, the long period
of silence between the squeals is superfluous. I've heard recordings in
which these bits are edited out (usually with a fade). I find it quite
distracting, but I was wondering if there was any good way to do this.
Is it better to be obvious about the cuts (so that the listener has no
doubt that the calls are not as-recorded), or is it worth the effort to
try to be subtle about matching background noise across the cut?

(I know this is subjective, and I know it doesn't really matter for a
recording that's less than a minute long anyway, but I'd like to hear
people's thoughts about the general question.)

Thanks for listening.

-- Abhijit

"While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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