The new generation of Electronic Click Detector (ECD): the development and field trials data

The use of envelope detection methods to reduce the bandwidth of an echolocation click into the audio-band is not a new concept. However, the increasing popularity of portable digital recorders with excellent signal to noise performance needs such signal processing if ultrasonic transient data needs to be captured. Similarly, this approach allows high frequency information to be recorded onto video recorder sound tracks providing the advantage of synchronised sound with images for behavioural studies. This paper describes the development of a new generation of ECD with improved performance and includes cetacean echolocation data recorded using this equipment in two independent studies.