Went off to Raven Wood today. It’s an interesting place, coniferous woodland on sand dunes, with the Irish Sea on one side and reclaimed mudflats on the other. In here you have tons of Greenland white-fronted geese, curlew, rooks, snipe (I think), and… seals.
The last part of this piece is a microphone on one channel, and a hydrophone in the other. About five seals were swimming right there, 20 – 50 metres away. Every now and then looking at me looking at them. And the sound in the hydrophone – I’ve never heard that before. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never heard it before, and I’ve never recorded so close to seals before.

The walk back through the woodland then was gorgeous – a dusk chorus, the grass remarkably green, the Scots Pines elegant, the reeds, the brown bracken… an otherworldly way to spend nearly the shortest day of the year.