The Curious case of the Cassowary Call

Subject: The Curious case of the Cassowary Call
From: Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Date: Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:56:14 +1000
Thanks Andrew, it's an old model Sennheiser ME 66 and I don't think it has any bass cut off features, there don't seem to be any on the Marantz PMD 113 either. I had it pointing right at him when he called, but he was unfortunately facing away, that might be the issue I guess, I'll have to try again if I get chance
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On 17/03/2013, at 12:26 PM, Andrew Taylor wrote:

On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 11:43:34AM +1000, Phil & Sue Gregory wrote:
This is the time of year when the Cassowary chicks here along Black Mountain Road  at Kuranda are well grown at 5+ months old, and still following the parent around, guzzling food voraciously (and not letting him get any much of the time!) They come in more or less daily, but at no set time, the last two days was late afternoon, today it was 0830, so somewhat unpredictable. The chicks have the high-pitched peeping notes which they give much of the time- see my recording on xenocanto, or if one gets mislaid there is a shrill, rising "peeeep"  distress call which is guaranteed to galvanize the male who comes looking for it at once.

Over the past few days I spent several hours trying to tape the deep infrasonic 3 or 4 syllabled "departure call" of our male Cassowary, which he gives once or maybe twice each visit, over a couple of hours stay, and only in the mornings oddly enough.  He bows his head and fluffs out the neck and back feathers to give this very deep rolling grunt, which you can feel in the pit of your stomach. I finally got it this morning, with him just below me off our veranda, but when I play back the ME 66 Sennheiser mike does not seem to have picked it up! Very disappointing and I don't know what to do about it. I had the recording levels set to high and this seems fine for the Yellow-spotted Honeyeater at the end of the cut, but these deep tones are maybe going to be impossible?

Hi Phil,
Does your recorder have a high pass (low cut) filter?

For example my LS10 has  a 100hz low cut filter which
would remove a cassowary call if not switched off.

You might also find the ME66 much more directional at
Cassowary frequencies and has to be carefully pointed at the bird


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