Yellow Browed Bunting; Crayon and Ballpoint Pen
Found by local birders at the feeding station, Swedens first Yellow Browed Bunting was a superb find here in Stockholm. I spent 6 hours on Monday obtaining two brief views of this skulking bird, another 6 hour vigil yesterday was more rewarding and allowed better views over the day and a chance to do a few rudimentary field sketches, the bird avoiding the camera due to it's secretive behaviour on both days and being at 30 metres range. Did a few colour sketches upon my return last night, the best of which is posted here.
This fantastic bird is a second calander male, a real stunner and gross european rarity. Will try photograph the bird in the near future should it remain, for now there is a link here to some of Olle Bernards photos taken on the day it was found before the massive crowds descended on the site...
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