AMB17 High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes
AMB17 High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes
AMB17 High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes
AMB17 High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes
AMB17 High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes

AMB17 High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes

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  • In High Desert Ambiences 4: Coyotes, I revisit the place where my field recording journey started: West Texas. On my drive out, a massive wildfire was burning large parts of the Davis Mountains. The day I arrived firefighters were finally able to contain the blaze, but sadly not before 22,000 acres burned. Much of the wildlife is too slow to escape, but luckily one pack of coyotes was fast enough to climb over a ridge. Normally I hear coyotes out in the plains where they love hunting jackrabbits. That night, however, I was recording from the edge of the dead fire. I was stunned to hear howling deep in the valley! The pack had run into the mountains to escape the blaze.
  • In this library, hear the angst-ridden vocals of coyotes running to escape a wildfire. Hear the howls and yips of an extremely close pack bouncing from high valley walls. Hear an echo chamber filled with the haunting howls of coyotes who has just had their home burned.
  • Read how I captured these mournful howls in my blog post: Wildfire Coyotes


  • Six distinct coyote choruses. Recorded closely, from about a quarter mile. 
  • Howls and yips bouncing from high valley walls
  • Regal Great Horned Owl hoots
  • Lonely crickets chirping
  • Bats: ultrasonic and audible clicks
  • Eerie ranch dog barks
  • Quiet Nature clips from the same location to use a "natural roomtones". 


  • Recorded on a separate trip to the same location
  • Extended coyote choruses with no other wildlife
  • Close and distant howls from as close as a quarter mile
  • Haunting echoes
  • Lush cricket choruses with coyotes


    • Recorded on separate trips to the same location
    • Recorded in the spring vs. autumn
    • Coyotes 1 has more pack choruses
    • Coyotes 2 has more single lonesome howls
    • MS vs. ORTF recording

      FILE LIST:

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      • Named markers are included in each file to help find interesting events in an otherwise uniform waveform. 
      • Markers are included in the Soundminer and BWAV description fields starting with the prefix "Marker Text".


        Full Library: 7.8 GB – 192 kHz / 24-b – 34 stereo WAV files – 34+ sounds – Approx. 111 min  (1.85 hours) total
        Coyotes 1: 3.8 GB – 192 kHz / 24-bit – 11 stereo WAV files – 11+ sounds – Approx. 54 min total
        Coyotes 2: 4 GB – 192 kHz / 24-bit – 23 stereo WAV files – 23+ sounds – Approx. 57 min total
        Metadata: CSV, Soundminer, BWAV, Text Markers
        Categories: Animals & Creatures, Active & Quiet Nature
        Location: Davis Mountains, Texas – Coyotes 1: spring 2018 – Coyotes 2: autumn 2018. 
        Mastering: read my Field Recording Mastering Rules for more info.
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        License type: Single user, royalty-free - for a multi-user license, click here
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        GEAR USED:

        • Coyotes 1
          • Sennheiser MKH 50 and 30 in Mid/Side
          • Sound Devices 702
          • Rycote MS Blimp
        • Coyotes 2
          • Sennheiser MKH8040 pair in ORTF
          • Sound Devices 702
          • Rycote ORTF Blimp

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