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

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers; Sandemar; 12th May 2010

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker; a male in the process of excavating a nest cavity...



The female basking in the sun close by, closely monitoring the males progress....

Another shot of the female...

Another shot of the male. The nesting tree is a silver birch, a typical choice for these birds...


Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is a rather difficult bird to see here in Sweden at times. Although not uncommon, the species habitat requirements and biology mean small numbers of these birds are present over wide areas. These birds are easiest to find in spring when displaying, as this pair have been lately at Sandemar Reserve. I was very fortunate today to locate the pairs nesting site, the first nesting site I have found for the species. Grabbed a few shots of the birds, which wre oblibios to my presence. Nevertheless I stayed only briefly and left the birds to carry on with excation of the nesting cavity...

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