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, May 19, 2009

Thrush Nightingale; Landsort; 17th May 2009

A singing Thrush Nightingale....

Cropped image...

This bird knew exactly where I was at all times...


This is one species that is really hard to photograph! Spent 90 minutes crawling around today in order to get these shots as I knew that as soon as the spring foliage comes into full leaf these birds are practically impossible to view.
Seven males were located today on Landsort, all of which were singing constantly. This bird was the only on that was not singing from the midst of dense cover and I decided to try my best to get some shots of it. In the end I found myself lying prone on a rocky outcrop overlooking one of the birds favourite perches, and eventually the bird returned to it to sing. I am quite sure the bird knew exacty where I was at all times, though eventually the urge to sing overcame its shy nature. It may not be the gaudiest for birds to look at, but the sing is surely one of the most impressive in europe. I have added a link to allow the song to be played below, just click on play....

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