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

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Great Grey Owl; Vastermanland; 28th March 2008

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl site...

Aidan at Ural Owl observation stand....

A much awaited weekend finally arrived, a fairly intensive weekend looking for owls, primarily Great Grey Owl, for which a friend, Aidan Kelly, had travelled from Ireland in an attempt to see the species. In addition Tomas Carlberg, a swedish birder, had kindly offered to drive and guide us to the sites he knew of to help us see some of the best species Sweden has to offer birders. Having picked Aidan up at the airport we headed north immediatly, eventually arriving at our first stop, a Ural Owl breeding site where two birds have been present over the last few weeks. Perhaps a little early in the day, perhaps too bright, whatever the reason the birds were not found and we moved on, stopping briefly to check through a large flock of geese. Best here were 10+ Pink Footed Geese and 2 Eurasion White Fronted Geese in amongst 120+ Bean Geese and the commoner Greylag Geese. A Crane, our fifth of the day was also noted here.
Then on the the Great Grey Owl site, where we had to wait no more than 15 minutes before Tomas picked the bird up perched low on the forest edge to our left. The bird gave fantastic views as it hunted for 15 minutes or, moving silently from perch to perch, from which it watched and listened intently for rodent prey in the long grass in the rough meadow clearing. It gave us superb views before it stooped to capture and devour a vole before ghosting back into the forest, leaving us absoloubtly delighted! We decided to move on after it did not reappear in order to try for other owls in the area...