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

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Skeppsholmen; 23rd Febuary 2010

A brace of Goldeneye drakes, the best image of the day...


Common Gull coming in to land....

Greater Black Backed Gull; Adult


Drake Goldeneye


Pochard; Adult Female


Herring Gull Trio...


A Greater Black Backed Gull in flight...


Drake Pochard; Adult bird...



Goldeneye males....



A pair of Black Headed Gulls on the ice..


Herring Gull; 2nd Calender



Really severe weather at the moment, at minus fifteen degrees plus wind chill today and heavy snowfalls to boot. Public transport is in a state of chaos as a result, so I decided to stay local and take a look around Skeppsholmen in the city. A huge build up of gulls today in the area, 118 Greater Black Backed Gulls is a very large count. Hundreds of Herring Gull also present, as well as a few Common and Black Headed Gulls. 12 Pochard were noted, the best of the wildfowl. Goldeneye were also present in small numbers, happily manged some good images of all these birds today. Goosander, Tufted Ducks and Coot also present in large numbers...






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