It was 4am as I stepped off a minibus on a breezy May morning in Norfolk. It was my last morning during a Wildeye Sound Recording weekend hosted by Chris Watson and Jez Riley French and along with 8 fellow sound recordists, we each headed off into different directions of Foxley Wood ready to record the dawn chorus.
At 123 hectares (300 acres) in size, Foxley Wood is the largest ancient woodland in Norfolk and a protected nature reserve managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. As I headed off into the dark, I soon found a nice secluded area where I decided to setup my mics. I hung a stereo pair of DPA 4060s from a tree branch, then ran a log xlr cable to another secluded patch on the other side of a small path. Happy with my position, I sat down in the long grass, surrounded by beautiful bluebells, and waited for the dawn chorus to begin.
At first a distant Robin began singing, as well as a pair of blackbirds. But soon after, I was delighted with my mic position as a Song Thrush began joyously singing in a nearby tree. This is one of my favourite bird songs and I was so happy to sit back and enjoy this beautiful concert.
It is a pleasing dawn chorus, the birdsong was not overly busy with plenty of separation between species. As well as the song thrush, robin and black birds we also hear wrens, tits and other common woodland birds, as well as the occasional call of a cock pheasant.
Recorded using a Sound Devices 722 and 2 x DPA 4060s in May 2014