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, April 30, 2009

Tyresö Slott; 28th April 2009

Osprey; hunting fish over the water...

Great Crested Grebe

Swallow; a cracking spring male complete with tail streamers...

Common Tern

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

White Wagtail



A leisurely stroll with the camera this afternoon was rewarding. Hawfinches were in evidence in the area, several pairs were picked up high above calling. Willow Warblers are filtering through, more migrants were noted in the form of Swallows, White Wagtail, Common Terns and a superb Osprey which hunted briefly over the Slott, finally plunging to catch a small roach. No sign of the Marsh Harrier or White Tailed Eagles seen here over the week whilst fishing....


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Black Throated Divers; Tyresta; 28th April 2009

Summer plumage adult, hard to beat!



Taking off, maybe a passage bird....


Spent some time locating these birds today at Tyresta National Park, eventually it became clear the resident pair have returned to their favourite corner of the lake. These birds were displaying so I left them in peace and concentrated on a singleton third bird which was present. Waited some time for this bird to move towards me, but when it did it came very close, much closer than I anticipated. The bird then took off and left the lake, perhaps a passage adult on its way north? In any case, very happy to get some good photos of this stunning bird at close range...


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...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fieldfares; Tantolunden; 16th April 2009











Went for a stroll in the local park this evening with the camera and spent a little time photographing the newly returned Fieldfares, these common birds are now plentiful. The best shots posted above...


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oriental Turtle Dove; Huddinge;15th April 2009






News today of yet another asian vagrant, an Oriental Turtle Dove identified this morning in a suberban garden in Huddinge! Not so suprisingly, the bird has been present all winter at a feeding station at the front of the house. A Western Paleartic tick for me and another superb bird in the area, what a year it has been to date!
The bird was present on the lawn when I arrived, managed to fire off a few shots that were a little dark before it walked into cover. The sun came out and the owner of the garden very kindly invited us into the garden where a better shots of the bird were obtained as a result...
Features separating this species include the pale primary fringes, greyer breast, larger dark centres on the wing coverts, but most noticably the size and stucture, this bird lacked the dainty appearance of Eurasian Turtle Dove, in every way recalling a heavier species, akin to collared dove or even Woodpigeon....

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tyresö Slott, 1st April 2009

Nuthatch, feeding on a moss covered oak.

Woodpigeon Portrait

Tree Sparrow

Canada Goose Portrait


An early morning excursion to Tyresö Slott was a little dissapointing bird wise, not a lot unusual of note and the Black Woodpecker pair, though vocal, did not oblige the camera. The light was superb however and I really enjoyed working with the commoner species, managing to get these four worthwhile shots during the outing. Spring really arrived today, with warm conditions throughout the day and it is now only a matter of a few weeks before the summer migrants flood back in. Looking forward to it...

Common Gulls; Ärstafältet; 1st April 2009







Common Gulls are very common here in Stocholm and breed throughout the city. Spent some time today working on flight shots, something my new Nikon D90 camera allows me do, whereas with digiscoping through a scope good results of birds in flight are almost impossible to achieve. These shots where taken in manual mode at 1/1250 of a second. Looking forward to practicing more with the camera and eventually getting better results with some more exciting species, such as birds of prey, over the coming months. The best three shots from today...

Black Headed Gull, Ärstafältet; 1st April 2009




Ärstafältet has a small colony of breeding Black Headed Gulls, these birds are now returning to the area in their summer plumage. Spent a short while with them today working with the camera on some flight shots of these birds, the best two images posted here...

Magpie; Ärstafältet; 1st April 2009




A couple of shots of the umbiqutous Magpie from Ärstafältet today....