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.