In 2013, whilst hunting winter lyrebird song recordings, I managed to capture what I thought at the time to be 'out of place' noises for the location and times of the night they were recorded.
This will be a little more complex post than usual and I urge you to watch the videos I present, using headphones with mine if possible, and with Russell's video see an explanation of the two charts that were compiled by him from the compared data of his research into bipedal walking sound analysis.
The following two videos are the recordings I captured, firstly in 2013 and secondly in December of 2018.
The 2013 gap recordings were taken over two sessions of several days and I acknowledge now, six years later, that some of the recordings may indeed be native fauna e.g. wallabies as I think I can discern the sound of grass eating inbetween movements. There should however be no sounds of people in the location in the dark.
These are the recent he recent gap recordings. Not as dramatic as the original recordings but with definite, at least I believe, bipedal walking accompanied by dramatic tree breaking. I sent these recordings down to a friend who I would personally describe as an expert on wildlife sound recording. He has done extensive work on analysing this type of recording.
For full information on Russell's "therusty222" research visit his website at..
These are the charts compiled by Russell for the unknown subject in my recordings in the December. Based on the impact and stride of wallabies, a 75 kg human and calculated height by stride time calculations the unknown subject of my recordings was dramatically taller than 5' 9" (possibly nearly 7' and much heavier.
For an explanation of Russell's method he recently uploaded a video which is quite descriptive and I highly recommended..
So.. Are there 7 foot tall 140 kg wild men lurking at Devil's Gap? It's always made me wonder how the area got the name.