An exciting moment came this morning when I was woken around 4am by a very loud and persistent wren, singing its heart out in the fuchsia bush not far from the front door. Through the fog of sleep I managed to drag myself up, grab the recorder and the mic, and quietly opened the door... the wren continued with gusto so I set the mic carefully on a flowerpot, pointing towards the wren, and pressed Record.
I'v always admired wrens for their sheer volume. They belt it out so loud, despite the fact that they are the second smallest bird in the country (after the goldcrest/firecrest).
I gave it a full 45 minutes, during which that wee bird never stopped! It was a silent morning, with not even a breeze.
This is the first recording that I am really happy with! The wren is so clear and the space between bursts of song is filled with all the other birds in the background.... delighted. Also happened to capture a Red Throated Diver flying overhead, which is a massive bonus!