Recording made on 20th June 2012, with Sony PCM-M10 with Rycote Mini Windjammer, on the landward side of Penally Point, Boscastle harbour, Cornwall, UK. This is very rugged rocky terrain, and normally the Atlantic swell coming in here is much bigger and thus sounds much more spectacular; on this occasion it is very small and genteel. If you listen with really good speakers you may faintly hear the repeated heavy thumps and 'whoomphs' as the swell hits the end of various large fissures and small caves in the cliff on the other (i.e. seaward) side of this miniature mountain. The swell was too small and the tide too low for the well-known blow-hole to be doing anything; otherwise that would have very much added to the sound picture.
This recording is quite quiet, and I have left it like that because that is exactly how it was. Not only were the waves small and gentle, but I was quite high up. Towards the end of the recording the sound of an approaching small aeroplane starts intruding. The seagulls are nearly all herring gull, but during this recording I did hear two transient calls from a lesser black-backed gull. You may also pick out the odd faint jackdaw call.
Please note that the volume level of this recording has been carefully adjusted for listening purposes, and ALL my recordings so far are meant to be listened to with a volume setting that would give a realistic level for playback of CLASSICAL music (a large but not exceptional symphony orchestra). If you have the right volume setting, you should not need to change that setting from one recording of mine to another.
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