Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at http://www.alandalton.net/
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at alandltn@gmail.com

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sandemar; 19th May 2008

Red Backed Shrike (Male)

Red Backed Shrike (Female)

Whitethroat

Four hours spent on the reserve this evening in good light, many of the late migrants have now arrived. Whitethroats everywhere, displaying at several points around the location. Ever elusive, Thrush Nightingales sang from dense cover, providing a wonderful backdrop of sound. A male Garganey present was my first this year. 2 White Tailed Eagles flew past, both 4th Calender birds. A Common Rosefinch was also heard, though not seen. Temmincks Stint and Little Ringed Plover fed in the margins, a Redwing was found singing also. A personal first was a Water Shrew feeding in a waterlogged ditch, a wonderful little surprise! A pair of Red Backed Shrike rounded of a very nice evening, allowing some photo's which are posted here...

Friday, May 09, 2008

Utö; 9th May 2008

Wheatear(female)

Arrived on the island of Utö at 10am, immediately had several species, the best being 2 Shelduck, Great Crested Grebes and a pair of Red Breasted Merganser. Migrants were in evidence around the harbour, including several Lesser Whitethroats, Pied Flycatchers and numerous Whinchat. I slowly walked south along the road before turning west into an open area of scrub and meadow. Woodlark was a highlight here, a displaying male sang over my head, another flushed from my feet. Wheatear were immediately noticed, several pairs having taken territory in the area.

Wheatear(female)
This female Wheatear was particularily confiding, photos here, with videograb below...
Utö
Moved west along the road towards the Baltic, plenty of Eider, Common Terns and Long Tailed Duck present offshore, though no passage was evident at sea. Worked my way back, picking up a pair of Willow Tits in a damp wooded area.

Wood Warbler

Wood Warbler
Wood Warbler was a late highlight, this male singing it's heart out provided superb views as it sang oblivious to my presence, a lovely bird. Repeatedly return to favoured perches in a small area, coming to withing three metres of where I stood. Other species noted late in the day included House Martin, 2 Black Woodpecker, Kestrel and a fine Green Woodpecker...


Peacock Butterfly

Butterflies are also now active, Brimstones, Peacocks, Dark Green Fritillary, Small White and 3 Camberwell Beauty were the best....




Thursday, May 01, 2008

Wryneck; Landsort; 1st May 2008




A elusive species at the best of times, the day on Landsort today finally led to my first photo's of Wryneck. found this one at Norra Udden, after a game of hide and seek I eventually managed a couple of decent shots before it dissapeared as they are so good at doing. The best of the summer migrants seen today on the island....

Redstarts; Landsort; 1st May 2008






The first bird seen today around the harbour, a glorious summer male which set the day up beautifully. I located three more during the day around the island, one of which posed on one of the many sculpted iron work pieces found on the island and resulted in a really interesting photo that I am rather pleased with. A favourite species of mine and I was delighted to finally get some good images of them during the day....

Videograb at the link below...

Whinchat; Landsort; 1st May 2008




A single cock Whinchat present at Norra Udden today, a really confiding bird that could not of been more cooperative, really giving itself up for the camera.

Pied Flycatchers; Landsort; 1st May 2008






A total of 12 Pied Flyacatchers were found feeding in the north of the island, the majority males, all showing well and allowing some decent photo oppotunities. Superb little birds!