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
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sandemar Reserve; 10th August 2006

Three hours in the evening spent on the reserve in fading light. Red Backed Shrikes seem to be everywhere at the moment due to broods dispersing all over the place and they were the most noticeable bird today. Quite wary birds even when juvenile, male seemed more confiding, perhaps due to his role to oversee his young. Tree Pipits, Yellowhammers and goldfinch also very much in evidence today.
White Tailed Eagle the best bird, a second calendar year bird which passed quickly overhead.
Wood sandpiper numerous, but otherwise waders absent. Whinchats seem to have moved away from the reserve.
First day with the 20x Wide Angle eyepiece on the scope and it seems it will improve the quality of my images quite a bit, especially in the rendition of colour and fine detail.

Photos; Whitethroat Sketches(juv), Red Backed Shrike(male and juveniles), Yellowhammer and Sandemar.

Videograb of Red Backed Shrike at the link below...

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