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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Distant Sounds in the Forest

I was hiking through the woods yesterday and the birds were really at it. This video is more in just capturing the sounds than anything else. The first part are jays squawking to no end then the last 30 seconds...well, I think you'll find it familiar. There is nothing to see though, just trees.
You probably will have to crank the sound up on your computer and the video.

Sound familiar? The latter sound is a Red-Shouldered Hawk. I may get corrected on this to a Red-Tailed Hawk. One or the other. The funny thing is the film industry likes to use this sound as they depict a Bald Eagle soaring the skies high above whatever in their movies. That is not correct. Bald Eagles have a weak harsh chatter of a sound, not as dramatic, so the hawk is brought in for voice-overs.
Now you know.

Linked to Springman's World Bird Wednesday

 

16 comments:

  1. my speakers on my toshiba suck (to put it mildly) but i got the gist of the jays. the hawk is nice and familiar to me, thankfully, as we get lots of them cruising thru the woods and air. :)

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  2. I just played the hawk screeching, and moments later outside the window at work I heard a screeching peregrine falcon. It was probably chasing a red-tail out of the area.

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  3. Interesting video!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. Nice video! I sat back Sunday and listened to the birds in my yard, while it was raining, taking in all the different calls, trying to identify each one. Had plenty of Jays, but no Hawks.

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  5. Wonderful John... you have just made your first horror movie.
    I wish I had the bird sounds in my local woods to achieve that sound.

    Love it.

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  6. Interesting how much you can hear walking in the forest.

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  7. I always enjoy listening to bird I cannot see around me. The film and TV industry are notorious for attaching the wrong sounds!

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  8. Switch that movie to black and White and you have got a scene from a real nasty horror flick. Execellent noise on that hawk though
    Shaun

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  9. Neat hearing all the jays and the cool sounding hawk. I had a surprise this weekend thinking I was hearing a hawk and I looked up and it was a bluejay imitating a hawk.

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  10. This is why I like walking quietly in the woods.

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  11. That looks like my kind of place.
    Love the sound of that hawk.

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  12. The sounds were wonderful! I'm so glad I'm meeting a friend to walk in the woods in about 15 minutes, Hope I get to hear some bird chatter too. :)

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  13. That is one hell of a spooky video John. You have attained my dream of a great bird post without a bird picture! I was not sure it could be done.
    By the way, I intend to take your retirement advice. Don't think I don't envy your wanderin' ways!
    Cheers to you Sir!

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  14. You always do an amazing job on your videos. The sound here is great and agree, red-shouldered hawk.

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  15. You mean to tell me that what I thought was an Eagle is actually a hawk? And an Eagle has a weak sound? That's disappointing, but I still love the Eagle! =)

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  16. Nice walk in the forest-- not at all spooky! We have an eagle nest here in our Florida neighborhood and visitors are always disappointed when they hear its "wimpy" bleating.

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