Scamper

 

April 24, 2016. 12:12. On ground, listening. Moorhen scampered to right, then flew onto fence. Brief scamper along wooden handrail directly over microphones, with subsequent flight towards Swan Lake. Proximate detail of wings & body. Fleeting.


Moorhens are ubiquitous throughout wetland habitats and their calls are regularly heard, but proximate recordings of the species' body and wings are much more challenging to make: particularly using static microphone placements.

I captured this bird's sounds using 'boundary mounted' microphones, fixed directly onto the surface of the handrail.