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

Friday, April 20, 2007

Ring Ouzel; Årstafältet; 20th April 2007








This cracking male Ring Ouzel was seen this morning at Årstafältet. The bird is present for its third day today, though it was difficult to locate this morning due to a strong, cold northwest wind. I eventually found it feeding in the shelter of a raised bank.
A fairly shy bird, it was wary and would not allow close approach. This ais a summer migrant and breeds in mountainous habitat, however it can be seen in spring and autumn on pasage while migrating. A scarce bird at the best of times and always very nice to see one.


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