I think the shot below is probably my favourite from my walk this week down on our local marshes during the sunset and moon rise. The flat water of the high tide filling the river and reflecting the fading light and lunar crescent like a mirror was so peaceful and calming.
The soundscape for the walk also reflected the evening peace, even with the backdrop of motorway traffic. The birds sang and along with the bubbling of a small stream flowing into the river, they allowed me to ignore the trundle of tyres on tarmac. The soundscape is in three sections – the outward walk alongside the river with birds calling from the trees across the marsh grass, the flow of water under one of the footbridges, and lastly the growing predominance of the birdsong again on my return journey to the park. It is at this point where a Song Thrush takes over and while it sounds as though there are several birds singing, it is in fact just the one.
You may want to listen to this through headphones but that might depend on where you are. When editing I mostly use headphones but try to make sure that the finished soundscape works well without them. On this occasion I had to use them as it was difficult to differentiate the sound of birds on the sound files from those outside my studio – it is a very nice place to work!
Click the play button for the sound file and then the images below to enjoy both at the same time.