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, January 21, 2010

Water Rail; Råstasjön; 21st January 2010

The best shot of the day, a stunning close up of this elusive species is a real result...






















If at first you don't suceed...back to Råstasjön today in the hope of seeing Water Rail, a bird that is notoriously secretive and hard to photograph. The results greatly surpassed my expectations, no less than three birds were present and fed just a few metres in front of me, allowing some rare images of this bird. The species is prctically impossible to view in summer when it remains within thick reedbeds, here in Sweden it is an uncommon bird as it is and the cold spell has caused these birds to feed in areas where open water remains. A small steam by the path at the north of the lake has concentrated these birds and allowed breathtaking views...



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