Varied Bunting at Nest, Photograph and Sound Recording

Photo by Greg Clark, August 21, 1999, South Central Arizona

The Varied Bunting is a bird of open desert and scrub in the extreme southern part of Arizona. Evidently, this bird also likes to nest in canyons. Found in a steep ravine, both the male and female were bringing bugs to the four baby birds in the nest. Never easy to photograph, the dark blue male was in the shade and even a strobe light couldn't bring much color out. At least the red on the back of the head can be easily seen. The sound recording was made in a different location in May, 1997.


The original Varied Bunting sound recording was produced using a Sennheiser MKH70 shotgun microphone and the audio was stored on a 48 ksps DAT using a Tascam DA-P1 digital audio recorder. The recording was down-sampled to 44.1 ksps and converted to MPEG3 to reduce the file size.The distance from the microphone to the bird was about 12 feet.

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Copyright Greg Clark, 1999

update 8/2012