Hearing the Striated Grass-wren

Subject: Hearing the Striated Grass-wren
From: David Dickson <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 11:58:28 +1100
I have dipped on sighting the Striated Grass-wren and the Mallee Emu-wren on 
each of my last three trips to Hattah-Kulkyne NP. I use the approach to finding 
these birds suggested by Rohan Clarke and Tim Dolby, “walk slowly and quietly 
while listening for their high-pitched calls.” I have spent days trawling 
through ideal mallee spinifex habitat and heard not a squeak - deafening 
silence. I would say my hearing is in the normal range for someone my age - 67.
Is there a readily affordable microphone that can pick up the high frequency 
calls and ‘convert’ them into something I can hear? I imagine that people 
interested in bats face a similar problem and are able to access equipment that 
enables them to hear their calls.
Dave Dickson

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