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

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tyresta National Park, 28th April 2009

Dipper

Male White Wagtail

Female White Wagtail

Adder


An afternoon stroll in the national park at Tyresta was a really pleasant way to spend the day. The sun was shining down as I set off hoping for a few early migrants. A Willow Warbler, the first of three today, sang in the willows near the falls. At the falls a pair of Dipper were present, these birds breeding at the site. A Great Spotted Woodpecker nesthole was found, though no sign of Wood Warblers, Redstarts or Pied flycatchers yet. An Adder was almost stepped on, luckily the snake hissed a warning and I very narrowly avoided a bite in a very isolated part of the world, managed to back off safely before turning a camera on the beast...
A pair of Slavonian Grebes was a very nice surprise at a small reeded pond in the interior, several goldeneye, Goosand and a partially albino Reed Bunting added more interest. A singing Willow Tit was then picked up before I located the Black Throated Divers above. Green Woodpecker was a late highlight before I caught the bus hiome...

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