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In the current edition

Officers’ Reports

East Anglian Meeting October 2019
2020 WSRS AGM & Members Meeting

Reflections and Reverberations
Remote Wildlife Recording with a Fin Whale
Then and Now
Aspects of Wildlife Sound Recording Trips

Punctuation. April

Instamic Miniature Recorder Review

How to Make and Use Spectrogram Videos
Early Days
Why do Birds Duet?

3D Printing Applications for Sound Recording

Swainson’s Thrush

Is That a Bat?
Capturing Wildlife Sounds

Reference to Sound Magazine Tracks

WSRS Loan Equipment
Events & Instructions for Authors


journal logoAutumn 2020 Edition

Welcome to this edition of the Wildlife Sound journal.

The Autumn edition of the journal starts with the first report from our new chairman, Paul Pratley who reflects on the year and highlights that we have reached the 200th edition of the Sound Magazine, This is followed by Officer reports from Alan, Ian, Simon and Paul (also wearing his Web Officer hat).
Two society meeting reports are presented, including the 2020 AGM and Members Meeting along with the East Anglian Meeting held in October 2019.
Our look at field recording this time starts with WSRS President Chris Watson’s efforts to record Blue Whale in his article ‘Deep Blue’. Staying on the theme of cetaceans, Roger Boughton takes us up to the Hebrides telling us about a dead Fin Whale he found on an isolated beach and the fieldcraft necessary to successfully record a wide range of birds feeding on the carcass.
The front cover of this edition, gives us a hint of Bill Jackson’s article ‘Then and Now’, where he shares his wonderful experience of pine martens taking up residence in his Argyll home and how he was then able to record and film them.
Emanuele Constantini makes some interesting observations, of several locations being ‘quiet’ now, where over time there has been a changing ‘soundprint’ perhaps due to human behaviour.
Dick Todd shares some experiences of sound recording trips and his methods for recording through the night.
Our Creative section this time, has a piece of work by Bronwen Buckeridge describing, in words, an encounter with a wood pigeon which is supported by a location sound recording.
Simon Elliott reviews the Instamic, an integrated recording device that is not only tiny but waterproof and well specified.
We have many ways to record the behaviour of species and in the Features section, Helge Malmgren explains his methods for producing ‘spectrogram videos’, where in a single video we are able to view a ‘live’ spectrogram which is synchronised with the sound and video footage of the species of interest.
With the 200th edition of the Sound Magazine (SM200) reached, it is perhaps pertinent to note this journal edition will be the 101st Wildlife Sound Journal since publication of the first edition in September 1969. Bill Jackson gives an overview of ‘how things were’ in his article ‘Early Days’. Bill discusses the skill and dedication of sound recordists and how equipment has changed over the years.
Tony Fulford gives a detailed account looking at species vocalisation in ‘Why Do Birds Duet?’. Ben Estes brings us up to date on how we could use 3D printing techniques to build sound recording equipment. Our Species Close-up contributions this time are from John Neville in the US with his monitoring of Swainson’s Thrush calls, whilst Philip Radford discusses Sparrowhawks.
We have two book being reviewed in this edition; the first being ‘Is That a Bat?’ authored by Neil Middleton, which is a guide to non-bat sounds encountered during bat surveys and how we can distinguish them. The second book, discussed and reviewed, is ‘Capturing Wildlife Sounds’ authored by Roger Boughton and Steven Shepard.
The winning entries for the WSRS 2019 competition are listed again along but now with a cross-reference to the audio tracks found in the Sound Magazine.
I hope you enjoy this edition of the journal and hope we are able to continue to record safely in 2021.
I look forward to receiving contributions for the Spring 2021 edition.


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