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, April 12, 2010

Angarn; 12th April 2010

Caspian Tern moving overhead. One of these birds is always memorable, a brute of a tern.


Another shot of this memorable bird, my first of the year and a long way inland...


Migrating Whooper Swans moving to the northeast, these birds could be in arctic Russia in two weeks...


Starling. A migratory species here, early to return to breed. Small numbers seen today...


Greylag Goose in stunning light...


Osprey. Pandemonium as the bird slams into the water to claim a fish supper...


Black Headed Gull; raucous and back on the breeding sites. A large colony breeds here at Angarn...


Common Frog; a sure sign spring is here...



A nice day out, and several species noted for the first time this year. Bird of the day was a superb Caspian Tern briefly seen over the marsh before moving off to the northeast. A stonking bird and something of a suprise today. A Rock Pipit also noted, a decent bird to see at the site. Two Ospreys were enjoyed as the fished over the reserve and enjoyed some success too, catching fish all day. Marsh Harrier also seen today and added to the yearlist. Song Trush, Skylark, White Wagtail and Garganey also added to the yearlist today.
The reserve looks great, with high water levels and all surface ice now melted, will be back soon for more at this cracking birding site....



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