hydrurga's picture

Uploading audio files

Given that the call/song of a bird is a very useful identifying characteristic, has iSpot considered the possibility of allowing calls to be uploaded for birds as recorded audio, allowing identification by the community, in the same way that photos are uploaded at present?

Pete
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WS159's picture

It's quite difficult to

It's quite difficult to record an individual birdsong, even with £££ equipment.

For those who are able to get decent audio there is the option of using soundcloud - maybe a link there in the obs would work ?

Ray Turner's picture

It Works

I can’t remember who was doing it but someone was linking to sound cloud regularly last year with some success.

Ray

Ray

hydrurga's picture

Re: It's quite difficult

Ah, I didn't think about the technical side of recording WS159, assuming that if I could hear it with my ears then it could be recorded reasonably easily. I suppose I could record the birdsong for myself, then make another better recording of me whistling the same birdsong. ;-)

For those who can get decent recordings though, I do like the idea of also being able to upload and id on birdsong. Perhaps we could also swap ideas of how to get better recordings.

One of the projects which helped give me the idea is this: http://www.cicadasong.eu/, which has catalogued and made available for download the songs of European cicadas.

Pete
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Ray Turner's picture

Recording

Whoever the person was, and my sincerest apologies for not being able to remember your name, they pointed me at this site:

www.wildlife-sound.org/index.html

if you are interested.

Ray

Ray

hydrurga's picture

Re: Recording

I'm just checking that very useful site out now - thanks Ray. Listening to some of the recordings and seeing some of the equipment required, the thing that strikes me is how well in fact the human ear/brain combination does in targeting sound sources and filtering out "background".

Pete
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Ray Turner's picture

Agreed

It really is quite remarkable isn’t it. Just think of when we are in a crowded place, a pub say, how we can focus in on a specific conversation, filtering out all the other noise.

I would very much like to have ago at recording but finances and time mean it will have to go on the back burner for a while.

Ray

Ray

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recording birdsong

I don't have access to audio recording equipment, so when I wanted to get help in identifying a birdsong, I decided to make a video using my compact digital camera. I just pointed it roughly in the direction of the sound. The result was unwatchable, but with eyes closed, the sound was reasonable. Of course it helped that the song was loud and that there were few or no other birds singing at the time. I then uploaded the video on YouTube and posted the link on the bird forum.
I have to admit, though, that I got two very different IDs out of it!

hydrurga's picture

Re: recording birdsong

Perhaps worth a try until I can get some proper recording equipment. Thanks Marianne!

Pete
www.leptonyx.com/nature/