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, October 29, 2009

Landsort; 29th October 2009

Landsort lighthouse on approach from the Ferry, always a welcome sight....

Waxwing. A lone bird found on a wind stunted Rowan proved a superb subject for photos, the following portraits the best of the shots taken....





The extent of the yellow on the primaries helps age this bird as a first year male....



Goshawk, a 1st Calender Year bird blasting through on passage....

Brent Goose, race Bernicla; 2nd Calender year bird.

Landsort Lighthouse from the south..



A full day on Landsort today, up early at a mind boggling 4am.! Had sensibly got to bed two hours previously after a late night DVD fest, as you do. Slept almost all of the way to the island before the ferry finally belched me upon the pier and the birding began.
This island always produces some thing of interest and straight away a rather loud Crested Tit high over head?, what the?, that snapped me out of sleep and I latched onto the culprit, a super male Snow Bunting low overhead flying around the lighthouse. Then came Brambling, Mealy Redpolls, Goldfinch, a small group of Parrot Crossbills, Meadow Pipit, 3 Twite and a stream of Siskin, all moving north. A highlight then came in the form a Grey Wagtail, a rarity in these parts, which flew around the south tip of the island for some time calling constantly. Then a few Sparrowhawk zipped past before a stonking juv. Goshawk powered past just to the west. A search of the areas of cover produced little except for a lone Waxwing which proved vey photogenic...
Back toward the north end after a couple of hours, a probable tristus Chiffchaff was briefly seen and heard to call once after a shortway. More Parrot Crossbills were noted over the next while, along with a handful of Commons. Then a highlight as a Bearded Tit juvenile exploded into call as it flew from one area of reed to another, ging me a great flight view through the bins in the process, great stuff, not seen to many Bearded Tit in the past! Further north and more Parrot Crossbills moving, Bullfinches numerous to with at least 20 noted. At the north end found a group of birders and learned a Two Barred Crossbill had been seen just before 8am! Feck! Stayed at the north tip a while, though passage dropped off at noon to almost nothing. A small flock of Cranes were enjoyed on the way back to the south, as was a Dark-bellied Brent Goose, not a bad bird on this coastline. Spent the afternoon flogging the south part of the island, flushing the male Snow Bunting againg three times, with little else to show for exhaustive searching, barring a Black Guillemot. Caught the ferry at dusk and went back to sleep. Great Day!




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