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, December 10, 2009

Norra Järvafältet; 10th December 2009

Great Spotted Woodpecker; Male

Blue Tit

Great Spotted Woodpecker; Male

Blue Tit

Went out to Norra Järvafältet yet again to try and get some shots of the Isabelline Wheatear, alas a no show and it seems the bird may have left the area, or perhaps more likely has expired due to lack of food. Contented myself with a walk about the area and ended up getting some good shots of common species despite the dull, damp conditions, the best of which have been posted above. Hoping for a freeze soon, been exceptionally mild here to date and we are still waiting on the first snow of the winter. The birding will remain quite should it stay mild, whereas a drop to minus degrees might bring some winter birds from the far north....

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