Jan 15 2009
Recording at Laratinga Wetland as darkness falls. The wind was a bit high, and can be heard in the background of this short excerpt of a much longer recording. Settling in for the night are Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamp Hen, Pacific Black Duck and a host of smaller birds. A few lonely frogs can be heard calling.
Recording set-up consists of a pair of Audio-Technica 3032 in a Schneider Disk. Tracked directly into a Sound Devices 702 (originally at 24/96)
Jan 13 2009
I was at Laratinga Wetland last night and my usual suspect had moved to a tree about 10 metres from his spot in the reeds next to the board walk. Sitting comfortably on a branch at head height, and just out of reach over the water, he looked like he was set for the night.
He started calling around 8:15pm with the calls being about 1 – 2 minutes apart. Over the next 30 minutes they got closer together, somewhere around 30 – 45 seconds. As they did, he also threw in a series of short calls between the main ones. Not every time, but enough to make me wonder why he was doing it. There were no other Litoria peronii calling, and I’ve yet to hear that happen. I was out of sight and no other threats were nearby that I could see. So it’s currently a mystery to me.
I need to record a longer series of calls to see if he throws the shorter ones into the mix with any pattern. I’ve attached a short audio clip of the calls from last night and a photo of the offender that was taken a couple of days ago when he was in his usual spot.
Jan 03 2009
Here’s another view of the wetland. It’s such a diverse location, that it’s easy to find something of interest. Today I was there around 5:00pm, which is a little later than normal. The Nankeen Night Herons were roosting in their usual tree. I was creeping in to photograph them when my mobile phone rang, spooking them before I got the chance to snap a shot. Oh well, I’ll try again in the next few days with the phone on vibrate. What was interesting though was that there were three of them. This is the most I’ve seen here. Hopefully, that’s a good sign. The green ‘grass’ looking area in this photo is some kind of fine plant floating on the surface. It wasn’t there three days ago.