I have published many times recordings from the Nature Reserve Flói in southwest Iceland, so I will not introduce that area again.
During the years I remember couple of times when curious sheeps have disturbed the recording. This is one of them.
This peace is a 30 minutes of nine hour overnight recording. It was recorded between 7 and 8 o´clock in the morning 25th of July 2015.
The recording is not only disturbed by the sheeps, it is also highly disturbed by tourist traffic, especially in the air. Jets are arriving and leaving the country and smaller planes in sightseeing so this peaceful area is not especially quite this time.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at medium level.
(256kbps / 57,2Mb)
Recorder: Sound devices 788
Mics: RodeNT1 (NOS) & MKH20 (AB40) as close together as possible
Pix: Canon EOSM
Location: 63.901026, -21.192189
Weather: Calm, cloudy, around 11°C
Hjalteyri is a small village on the western shores of Eyjafjörður, fjord in north of Iceland.
It all began when the Norwegians started salting herring around 1880 and the village Hjalteyri was confirmed by law as a trading post in 1897. Swedes, Scots and Germans would fish there in the following years but all foreigners had left by 1914.
The Icelandic fishing company Kveldulfur was active there from 1914 and in 1937 built the largest herring factory in Europe at Hjalteyri, which ran until 1966. The company also built many of the beautiful residential buildings that still stand in the village, such as the house of Thor Jensen, the founder of the company, and Asgardur, where the head of the factory lived.
The herring disappeared from the fishing grounds in the 1960s and Kveldulfur thus left as well. Fishing from small boats increased. Today, at Hjalteyri is a harbor and a small fishing industry, the drying of fish heads and aquaculture are the mainstay of the economy. During the summer months the buildings of the old herring factory are often used as a venue for art exhibitions. Around 40 people lives there today. There is also a pretty big Arctic Tern colony which brings also many other bird species to the area.
The following recording was captured in 8th of July 2015. It is 25 minutes of 6 hours long overnight recording.
This is one of my recording where I probably should have used another microphones because of the noise source in the surrounding. In this case a „fan noise“ from the factory. I use cardioid mics so the noise is only on the left side, instead of omni which would have brought the noise more to both sides and made the listening more pleasant in headphones.
So now I would recommend to listen to this recording in speakers in low-mid level, instead of headphones.
(256kbps / 46Mb)
Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics: Rode NT1a in NOS setup
Location: 65.853976, -18.194666
Weather: Calm up to 4m N, almost clear sky, temp around 8-12°C
I think I don‘t need to present the nature reserve in Flói in many words. It is a wetland / moors in south of Iceland. I have already published in this blog several hours of „Flói recordings“.
Last spring was cold, wet and windy so I did not spend much time there. But in June, I stayed there for two nights while I recorded several hours of recordings during the nights.
As usual I fell in to sleep in the field during that time, so I did not know what I was recording. Last week when I was searching trough the recordings, I noticed some interesting moments.
At 14th of June the overnight weather forecast was nice and I started to record at midnight. Between 2 and 5 in the morning the wind went down so the field got „quieter“ for far distance sound waves.
I put up Rode NT1 in NOS in the same place as usual and pointed them to north. The soundscape is always spectacular in this place.
This soundscape is probably not what everyone would hear by bear ears. The recording is highly amplified. In this circumstances and Rode NT1, I normally adjust the gain on the recorder between 54-58dB. In this particular recording the gain is increased again in post about +24 dB so the peak level in one moment (at 13:16) reach 0dBf.
Many bird species are audible in this recording like Red throat Diver, Common Snipe, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Gull, Arctic Tern, Northern Wheatear, Greylag Goose, Whooper Svan, Meadow Pipit and other bird species I have forgotten, or can’t name. Other audible animals like horses and sheep’s are there too.
Background noise is mostly from the Atlantic ocean’s waves along the south coast behind the mics. Then as usual, traffic noise and sometimes a party music somewhere in the county.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at low to mid level, or in speakers at low level.
Flói 2015. 1. Hluti
Hér er á ferðinni upptaka úr friðlandinu í Flóa frá því á laugardagskvöldi og sunnudagsmorgni 14. júní 2015. Eins og fyrri upptökur úr Flóa sem finna má hér á síðunni eru hljóðnemarnir ávallt staðsettir á sama stað við sömu tjörn norðan við fuglaskoðunarhúsið.
Í upptökunni má heyra í ýmsum fuglategundum. Má þar nefna lóm, hrossagauk, heiðlóu, lóuþræl, spóa, máfa, kríu, steindepli, grágæs, álft og þúfutitling. Þá heyrist lika í hestum og kindum.
Bakgrunnssuð er einkum brim meðfram Suðurströndinni og einkum við Ölfusárósa. Svo berst hávaði frá bílum og partítónlist einhvers staðar í sveitinni.
Mælt er með því að hlusta á upptökuna í góðum opnum heyrnartólum og á miðlungs- lágum hljóðstyrk.
During Icelandic independence day, 17. of June 2012, I was in Önundarfjörður fjord in the Westfjords, the north west peninsula of Iceland. This fjord lies deep between steep mountains with high cliffs. After midnight I entered an Arctic tern colony to record their sounds. The recording conditions was as good as it gets. The weather was calm, dry but cloudy, and the temperature was about 7 °C. Almost no traffic was in the fjord so most of the background noise was only coming from falling water in the mountains and sea waves at the shore.
This Arctic tern colony is big and has been there for decades, even centuries. This bird is very territorial and aggressive protecting the colony and many other bird more passive species feel safe to nest among the Arctic tern. So this recording includes sounds from many other bird spaces such as Whimbrel, Black-headed Gull, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Redshank, Oystercatcher, and Golden Plover… and many more
The recording contains also human and sheep voices from a nearby farm. Swans, Red-throat Diver, and common Eider at the shore side and a some sound from a Gull colony high in the cliffs all around the fjord.
During the recording the Arctic Terns attack many times the furry microphones. Sometimes you may hear their excrement fall to the ground around the microphones, but at this time they never hit or peck the Blimps.
The duration of the recording was almost 80 minutes. Following recording contains the last 36 minutes so my disturbing visit is not much audible. This is just a nice ordinary summer night in the north west of Iceland.
Krían í Önundarfirði 17. júní 2012.
Upptaka þessi var gerð í kríuvarpi nærri Holtstanga innst í Önundarfirði.
Veður var stillt, þurrt en skýjað og hiti um 7°C. Það var því varla hægt að kjósa sér ákjósanlegra veður til upptöku á fuglalífi. Allt iðaði af lífi. Fyrir utan kríu mátti sjá og heyra í hettumáfum, spóa, lóu, stelk, tjaldi og fleiri fuglum, Efst í fjöllunum mátti sjá allt fullt af fuglum á sveimi björgunum. Í flæðamálinu voru álftir, lóm og æðarfugl.
Það eru ófáar ferðirnar sem ég hef farið út á Seltjarnarnes til að hljóðrita. Ein af mínum uppáhalds upptökum er frá því 10. júní 1994. Hefur hún verið fáanleg í fullri lengd á CD diski í nokkur ár.
Hér er á ferðinni eitt þessara hljóðrita þar sem allt gekk upp til að hljóðritið heppnaðist. Algert logn var á upptökustað, sem var ströndin undan Bakkagranda. Æðarfuglinn kom alveg upp að hljóðnemunum með unga sína. Hér má því heyra kollur kenna ungum fæðuleit og einstaka blika slást. Þá heyrist í kríu, tjaldi, hrossagauk og öðrum fuglum.
Hef ég farið margar andvökuferðir út á Nes til að reyna að fanga svipað hljóðrit. En það hefur ekki tekist. Fyrst og fremst stafar það af því að nú er stöðug umferð bíla fram og til baka út á Nes allan sólarhringin.
Það merkilega við þessa upptöku er hvað hún hefur varðveist vel miðað við að hún var tekin upp á kassettu fyrir tæpum tveimur áratugum. Nánari upplýsingar má finna á sölusíðu.
Birdlife at Seltjarnarnes in June 1994.
The birds are mostly Common Eider and ducklings searching for food in the beach, Artic Tern and Oystercatcher.
This recording is/was avalible in full length on CD in 16bit/44,1Khz on Sale page
Recorder: Sony TC-D5M (TDK metal bias tape)
Mic: Sennheiser ME20 and ME80 (40cm apart/100°)
Picture was taken 17 years later at recording place.
Fyrir rétt rúmum mánuði, þann 4. maí, hljóðritaði ég fuglasöng við golfskálann á Seltjarnarnesi. Þá heyrðist ekkert í kríu, aðeins í gæsum, mó- og vaðfuglum.
Þann 10. júní mætti ég í annað sinn með upptökutækin. Var krían þá komin á Nesið, fremur hávær og ákaflega árásargjörn eins og vera ber.
Hljóðnemum var nú aftur komið fyrir á sama stað og á sama tíma, þ.e. norðan golfskálans, rétt eftir miðnætti.
Á þessari stundu er margæsin farin til Svalbarða, Grænlands og Kanada og krían komin í hennar stað. Lítið heyrist í öðrum fuglum þó þeir hafi verið allt um kring. Krían var greinilega búin að hertaka Nesið og sætti sig við nærveru mannsins svo lengi sem hann héldi sig innan þeirra marka sem henni þóknaðist og honum bar.
Heldur lægri sjávarstaða var þann 10. júní en 4. maí. Því heyrist með öðrum hætti í öldunni.
Tekið var upp í 24bit/192Khz á Korg MR1000 með tveimur Sennheiser ME62 hljóðnemum í 90° horni sem vísða var til norðurs.
Myndin er tekin á meðan á upptöku stóð.