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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 13, 2006
Landsort; 13th October 2006
Out onto the island at dawn. Conditions unfavourable with northerly breeze and fairly clear skies overnight, still birds were interesting all the same. Best were 2 Long-Eared Owls which were flushed early in the day from cover near the lighthouse at Sodra Udden. Great Grey Shrike was another highlight, one present all day. This bird was bearing a ring. White Fronted Goose was a reasonable bird, migrating east at 10.40am. A constant flow of migrants over head and on the ground insured interest all day, species involved included Bramblings, Chaffinches, Redpolls, Siskins, Goshawk, Long Tailed Tits, Chiff Chaffs, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Tree Pipit, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammers and stacks of Goldcrests.
Photos; Sodra Udden at dawn, Lighthouse, Long Tailed Tit, Great Grey Shrike and Goldcrests (photo and sketch).