Red Backed Shrike
The second day in a row to visit this site, Myttinge, on the archipelago island of Vaxholm. A 5am. start on both days was made straight after work in order to try and see the star attraction, a Great Grey Owl that has been in the area for two weeks now, alas it was not to be, 11 hours searching in total now having gone unrewarded, leaving me rather deprived of sleep! The evening is undoubtedly the best time to see the bird, however I am working every evening this week until Sunday next, when I may try for the bird again if it remains in the area.
Red Backed Shrike were everywhere, managed a shot of a male posted here. Other birds of note included a lovely male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker that gave me a superb view of it soon after arriving whilst my camera was safely tucked away at the bottom of my rucksack!
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