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, February 15, 2010

Faboda Gård/Råstasjön; 15th Febuary 2010

Willow Tit; the first of the year for me today....


Stunning winter scenery as the cold snap really deepens. It has been minus degrees now for eight weeks....


Faboda Gård was my first point of call today to search for an elusive Pygmy Owl, though the search did not prove fruitful in the end. This bird is faithful to the area though and I hope to get some good views of this bird as it begins to display in the coming weeks. Willow Tits were a nice bonus though, at least four birds were picked up today. A distant Black Woodpecker was heard, as were several Crested Tit. Common Crossbills were also seen today at this site....

Grey Heron; Numbers way down at this site due to the last of the open water now being frozen over, hard times to come for these birds...


Herring Gull; adult bird...


On then to Råstasjön after hearing the Glaucous Gull had put in an appearance, alas I mised the bird by 45 minutes! Them are the breaks as they say, this bird continues to elude my camera lens!

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