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

Pygmy Owl; Vastermalmland; 28th March 2008













After the success of seeing Great Grey Owl just 30 minutes previously we found ourselves not more than a kilometre away from the site looking for Pygmy Owl. The bird was attracted by a whistled imatation of its call by a swedish birder named Mikel who very kindly came along to help us see the species. At the second attempt slightly futher along the road this bird reacted immediatly to the whistled call and came straight out of the woods at us and began displaying furiously! A really great species, totally fearless and bold, it gave us breathtaking views as we watched on. It scolded us for ten minutes, giving us unforgetable views of what must be one of the most charasmatic birds in Europe. A superb double whammy evening of owls in just 30 minutes! It was a real pleasure to see this species so well and manage some photos too...
Some video grabs below.....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAVLwo7Qalk

Wrapped the evening up looking for Ural owl at another site where two birds were seen and heard calling to each other just the previous night, alas no joy on this evening. We did however stop of to hear the Great Grey Owl calling faintly from far within the forest on the way back, before leaving, a fitting end to the day....

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