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

Monday, January 04, 2010

Twite; Barkarby; 4th January 2010

The best of todays shots of Twite, a pair in the snow in glorious winter light, alway nice to get multiple birds in focus....


Twite close up...




Note the tiny, yellow bill....


Beautiful buff tones around the face and throat are a key aid to identifying this species...











Barkarby is host to winter visitors from the north at the minute as the big freeze continues here in Stockholm. A flock of 30 Twite arrived a few days ago, these hardy finches are great to see. The birds were very tame, as northern species often are in winter and allowed me a bevy of quality images. The species is a hardy finch, breeding and wintering in northern climes where it takes the place of Linnet. Very happy to get these images today...



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