Rumbling Rocks, and Arctic Terns

May 30, 2017



It's one of those days, where it's actually calm enough to record. I drove the short distance from here to Aikerness, around 6am, and recorded the terns there. The birds were gathering on the rocks by the shore and making nice a bit of noise, so I crept as close as I dared and left the gear set up, retreating to the car for half an hour so they settled down and stopped screeching at me. 


Terns remind me of being a child, and worrying that they were going to hit me as they dived at my head, trying to make me go further away from their nests. I like their delicate shapes as they dart overhead, carrying food to their young, and love watching them dip into the water for small fish.


Terns are nice and loud, so I picked them up well on the recording and have layered them with the sound of the sea moving the rocks on the shore at Skaill Bay after a big storm recently. 


I just love that sound you get when the wave is strong enough to pull the rocks out with it, a lovely rubbing sound, but it's hard to capture, and only possible when it has been very windy and the wind suddenly disappears. I was lucky with this, as it was just after a storm which had whipped the sea up and then disappeared. I find the sound very relaxing and find myself listening to the recording when I should be doing other things... zzzzzz





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