My walk this week is more of the mind than the body with memories of curlews calling in the evening light and sunsets of south west Scotland back in September.
I was particularly keen and hopeful to capture the sounds of the evening birds across the sandy, muddy bay – in particular the curlews, if they were there. In recent posts I have presented soundscapes recorded on my phone but I had taken my field recorder (Fostex FR2-LE) and shotgun mic (RODE NTG 2) for the purpose. And I was in luck –the curlews were more numerous than I have seen or heard for many years.
Perhaps it was the time of year but whatever it was, I was pleased to hear them so clearly even though catching them on camera was more problematic. They are very shy birds and warn others quickly of the slightest disturbance of their location, so while my sound set up may be adequate (and rewarding), my speed with the camera meant visual evidence was harder to come by.
The images below tell the story of a walk through my memories of the sunsets and sounds we experienced. I realise that photos of sunsets are available by the million and none of them can do justice to the real experience – one we never tire of, but it is a pleasure for me at least, to remember the scene through these images and listen to the sounds recorded at the time and return in my mind to the unique atmosphere of the time and place.
So click the play button or soundscape title above to listen and then the first image below to see the full images in sequence (not available like this on the mobile WordPress Reader in which case click the Visit button via the … menu or open in your mobile’s internet browser – NB you will need to open the sound file and images in separate browser tabs).