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, June 16, 2010

Northern Damselfly; Coenagrion hastulatum; June 2010

Male Northern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum. note the diagnostic spearpoint marking on the third segment of the abdomen. Sections 8 and 9 all blue...

Note the wings raised, Northern Damsels often adopt this posture...

A couple of images today of an adult male Coenagrion hastulatum, or Northern Damselfly. They are stunning insects when seen up close. These are new to me only for the simple reason I have never looked before, the species ws commonly found today around a small lake at Tyresta National Park. With birding being rather quiet through the summer I will be trying to learn a little about both Dragonflies and Damselflies during this period, with hopefully some sucess photographing them too. These images were taken with a Sigma 150mm Macro lens...

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