At 5 o’clock in the morning, my brother in law and I packed our gear and made our way down to the water in order to catch some nice early spring dawn chorus recordings at the nearest wildlife reserve close to my home (“Naturschutzgebiet Häftli”). Also, I wanted to take the Sony PCM-D100 through its paces and see how it fares with rather quiet ambiences.
As it turned out, capturing nature sound recordings without the intrusion of human-made sound is nearly impossible in the area I live in. A perfect example of human noise pollution is the early morning dawn chorus I recorded and posted here.
I still managed to capture some nice birdsong and waterbirds getting ready for the day. And as long as you get some close ups, the Sony PCM-D100 is not that bad for nature ambiences, even though the signal to noise ration could be a bit better.
The recording below is completely unedited and I posted it as is. It can be downloaded in its original 96 kHz / 24 bit resolution.
All pictures were taken by Christian Graber – christiangraber.ch
Recording device: Sony PCM-D100
Sample rate / bit depth: 96 kHz / 24 bit