NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
21 Feb 2002
Central African Republic
- Dzanga-Sangha Reserve; near elephant bai; near Mirador observation platform
- 2.9501 16.361083
- SONY TCD-D8
Spaced Omni Stereo; Schoeps MK 2
Show: CAR Elephants
Log of DAT #: 4C
Engineer: Bill McQuay
Date: February 21, 2002
KP = Katy Payne
CC = Chris Clark
AT = Andrea Turkalo
ES = Eric Spaulding
AC = Alex Chadwick
CJ = Carolyn Jensen
Bill = Bill McQuay
End of Chris Clark hanging the ARU in the tree.
Friday, Feb 22, 4:54pm
Drilling, pause, drilling, pause. Some labored breathing and shifting around.
Loud hammering, then someone talking to the nail, then getting a new drill bit to drill a hole into the tree.
(calling up to Chris) Chris, how often is this ARU taking a sound sample?
So it's recording all of us right now. But not quite as high fidelity.
Ambi. Drilling, talk. Scraping noise. Drilling, talk. Talk and hammering. Talk about the unit and how much it weighs. Then the team gets ready and starts hoisting it up. Alex is helping.
So that thing's hanging at maybe 12 feet now and we've got another few feet to go. Chris is up the tree.
Group is kind of grunting and heaving. Dirt falls from the upper branches of the tree. Chris asks Alex to let id down a little, a little more.
Bill switches sides of the tree.
Group walking around, getting stuff out of a bag, zipping. The ARU is in place so they are now just trying to make sure it works and get a GPS reading.
FX Flock of birds takes off.
Group gives the GPS readings they have. Chris decides to put the windscreen in and then they can all go home.
Why do you put insecticide in there?
Well, it's a downward-facing cup and being where we are (we have a lot of ants in there) right, (gets interrupted). I'm mostly worried about insects nesting and wasps or things that actually intend to develop some acoustically noisy situation.
Group jokes about hating insects, while coating the thing.
Chris, you're an absolutely expert tree-climber.
Not bad for government work.
We have four TLU's up. Now if we could just get the elephants to stop¿
Okay, everybody's got everything. I've got the GPS. I'm going to radio back. Mirador mirador mirador, do you copy?
I think I heard them walk past Chris.
I am amazed.
Radio voice, asking if they were trying to reach them.
Yeah, we're all done. Are you packing up or have you left?
Radio voice, not quite understandable
Okay, meet you on the path.
I'm sorry, I didn't copy. Repeat.
Chris and the radio voice have a conversation, but Chris can't understand what they are saying. Finally he figures it out and the group prepares to leave, makes sure they're all packed up.
Group heads out. Lots of feet crunching.
Bill takes a minute of ambi.
Ambi. Bugs droning in the background.
Bill and Carolyn head out. And shut down.
FX animal calling Sounds like a monkey hooting.
Andrea, will you tell Bill what that was?
It was a hornbill? God, it sounded like a monkey to me.