birds at etang

I have recently upgraded my gear and got a Sennheiser MKH 30/40 MS pair to go in a Rycote Stereo Cyclone Kit. So I asked my dad, who is a talented photographer, if he’d be willing to go on a little trip.

So at 5 o’clock on a Sunday morning, my dad and I made our way to the wildlife reserve Etang de la Gruère in the Swiss Canton of Jura. I was in high hopes to record some pristine early-morning dawn chorus, and for about half an hour (I started recording just after 5 o’clock) I managed to do so. The mood was just perfect.

The birds were chirping away happily, the frogs were competing against each other, and because the lake lies in some sort of a valley, the cows grazing in the distance could be heard as an eery echo across the lake. Just when we were relocating to a different spot, a nearby farmer decided to start up his milking machine and to pollute the entire area with engine noise so loud you could hear it for miles around. I still kept recording, but you could really hear the milking machine.

All in all, I managed to capture about 40 minutes of dawn chorus recordings, with the occasional car or cow in the background. What you can hear below is a montage of the recordings I made on that Sunday. A cow even made it into the final mix (leave a comment if you spot it).

All pictures were taken by my dad over at

Microphone: Sennheiser MKH 30/40 (MS Stereo pair)
Recording device: ZOOM F4
Sample rate / bit depth (recording): 192 kHz / 24 bit
Sample rate / bit depth (edit/mix): 48 kHz / 24 bit

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