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
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Thursday, October 01, 2009

White Tailed Eagle; Angarn; 1st October 2009

A superb sight, fit to grace any day out birding, White Tailed Eagle...

Like a flying door. The bird floated right over my head in slow cicles before drifting off.

The dark tips on the tail feathers help age this bird as a sub adult bird, perhaps in it's 4th calender year...

The wings pinched in as the bird turns in the air. The wings and primary feathers are remarkably pliable and help the bird to take full advantage of rising thermals.

Nice to see a bird with a full set of primaries, often these birds are moulting.

My best photos to date of this hugely impressive raptor, the White Tailed Eagle. These birds are enormous, though generally they are seen at distance and often at great height. This bird floated over my head today, causing absolute pandemonium on the reserve as 500 Greylag Geese took to the sky in panic, the air filled with their agitated calls. This bird is not uncommon now around Stockholm after a major recovery in Sweden over the past 25 years, great to have these birds in the skies overhead...
Other species noted today included Common Crossbil, Hen Harrier, Goshawk and Black Woodpecker. Good numbers of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Thrushes and Woodpigeon noted overhead also.

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