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

Monday, March 16, 2009

Arctic Redpoll;1st Winter; Ravalen; 16th March 2009

Only in comparison with Mealy Redpoll are the genaral differences noticable, the faint pink flush on the breast just discernable in this photo. The frosty pallid appearance, clean flanks with reduced streaking and clean undertail are all features that scream Arctic Redpoll....

Probably the best shot of the bird, the small bill size is shown well in this shot......

Note the clean white wingbar, the small bill, white flanks with reduced streaking and clean undertail..

Showing reduced streaking on the clean, white based flanks...

Note frosty appearace on the back, especially the mantle, some sulphur tints on the scapulars also apparent., These photos also show the marked longest uppertail coverts, above which the rump was clean white with no streaking visible..

A view of the undertail coverts, almost spotless apart from a single dark shaft on the longest undertail covert...


With Mealy Redpoll feeding at the station I was hopeful of a rarity in their midst, though when it came it proved a difficult bird to identify and it was only after three hours scrutiny that I was satisfied I had a first winter Arctic Redpoll in front of me for the second time in a week. I have underlined the birds features in caption beneath the photos. Did not get a shot of the rump, the bird not showing it to the camera, it was however gleaming white and unmarked. Delighted with this bird, a real challenge to identify, getting some good, useful reference shots of the bird too, again the light was poor with regard to photography. May return to this site here in the coming week should the sun shine. Perhaps a hat-trick maight be on the cards...


1 comment:

Dave Hunton said...

A nice selection of pics. Very enlightening.