Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just Some Random Thoughts, Updates, And Ramblings

Just some miscellaneous "ramblings" and random thoughts that I wanted to share:

I'm excited about exploring Untermyer Park again, in about a week or two. 

Since Winter conditions haven't left us here yet, in the Northeastern U.S....There probably won't be too much to report, as far as bat activity goes. It may still be too cold...
But, I will do my best! I'm hoping to get at least a recording or two. Perhaps some pics of hibernating "tree bats" if I'm really lucky (Eastern Red Bat, Silver Haired Bat, etc.). I feel a bit more confident now, having read most of The Bat Tree Habitat Key by Henry Andrews.

I'm happy to report, that my Wife bought me my first Anemometer (wind meter). This is the one I was looking at: Handheld Anemometer It looked like a decent-quality, low-cost unit. It only costs a little more than a non-digital (old-fashioned analog) unit.
Anyway, along with temperature (which is recorded by the Batlogger M) - Accurate wind speed measurement, is the next most important bit of data for a bat researcher to record while bat detecting.

Yes, you've read that correctly - Bat researcher.
Because, it's occurred to me, that over time - Some bat detecting enthusiasts may eventually become a bit more interested in the lives of bats. Perhaps, it's safe to say, a bit more serious about the recordings they make, as well as the records they keep.
This has definitely been the case with me; and with a few other individuals that I'm aware of.

Those of us who enjoy studying bat behavior, are afforded the luxury of doing these things as an avocation. Most of us, may enjoy bat detecting without any of the dark and wet cave exploring, or tedious hikes through rugged and muddy terrain - Which are almost always necessary when bat research is one's vocation.
Next topic - Hardware: So far, the LS-100 PCM Recorder from Olympus, has proven to be a valuable addition to the wildlife recordist's "toolbox". My preliminary tests have shown, that it excels in the areas of most importance to a nature recordist: Great performance of the built-in mics (esp. when Gain/Rec Levels are turned up), excellent XLR mic performance (for shotgun mics), and excellent performance and control of the 3.5mm mic jack (my favorite). These features make it a great choice, for recording on-the-go. A full review will be posted soon...(I'm afraid my Fibromyalgia hasn't been cooperating).

As for Elekon's Batlogger M - For now, I guess all I can say is Wow! I haven't had the chance to fully test all of it's features yet... But, so far, I'm very impressed. This unit is versatile!
The Batlogger M simply appears to have it all. In all probability, this is the last bat detecting system you'll ever need. The harmonious relationship between the hardware and (free) software, is wonderful - Everything flows together, like a Symphony from Honegger.

{Side note: I've never gotten around to posting much about myself on this blog. But, for now let me assure you, that when it comes to electronics, computers, and software: I know of what I speak.}

Once you become acquainted with the (simple) menu system, it is a joy to work with. In the hand, the device gives one the impression of a professional piece of equipment. I realize that the current retail price of The Batlogger M (~ $2000 U.S.) is not in everyone's budget. At the next price point down (~$1500 U.S.) I would recommend the Pettersson D240X.

{Side note: My Brother-in-law has taken me on a driving tour of locations near his new home: The area is full of diverse Woodlands, mountains, river valleys and caves. Great prospects, for determining the effective distance of bat detections.}

Again: Full, detailed reviews - Of both the incredible Batlogger M, and Olympus LS-100 recorder will be posted up here as soon as possible. Each of these devices has a host of great features, that I'm really looking forward to sharing. Stay tuned!

Happy bat detecting!

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