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

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Norra Järvafältet; 19th March 2009

Yellowhammer

Treecreeper, shot at 500mm handheld...

A fine day with excellent light saw me back at Norra Järvafältet, was really nice to finally use the camera in good light. First stop was the feeding station at Ravalen, where I had a brief glimpse of the first winter Arctic Redpoll, alas it choe to remain obscured and I did not get a photo before it left with the Mealy Redpoll flock it was amongst. 16 Bullfinch, Marsh Tit and Yellowhammers were all noted before I moved on. Next up were 3 Hawfinch beside the lake, high up in the trees calling.
At Väsby Skylarks were noted migrating overhead, then another new arrival in the form of a pair of Mistle Thrushes were a welcome sight. Long Tailed Tits were seen briefly a couple of times before I approached 30 M Kärret where the bird of the day blasted past me, a superb female Merlin, newly returned. 3 Common Buzzard were also seen here, along with 14 Waxwing before I got the train back to Stockholm...

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