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

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Hällögarn; Vasterbotten; August 2nd 2010

White Wagtail juv.


Birding the north end of the island...



Dusk...



The northeast corner...


The west coast of the island...



Sunset...


Up at 4am today! Well worth it too as there were showers overnight and I figured it might add interest to the birding. 2 pairs of Cranes were heard trumpeting in the distance as the sun rose, a lovely sound to start the day to. Common Terns, Common Gulls, Greater Black backed Gulls, and 2 Arctic Tern were first into the notebook. Then overhead a familiar call, 4 Golden Plover flew overhead to the north. Greenshanks numbered at least eight, not bad for a tiny island. Then a highlight in the form of a Velvet Scoter female and her brood of six newly hatched young, which I watched for a while before looking elsewhere. A big increase in Wood Sandpipers was most obvious and I began to search for better. A party of 6 Velvet Scoter flew into the bay, a nice sight indeed. Then two adult Spotted Redshank flew in, though did not settle and moved on. A few minutes later I had stunning views of a fresh plumged juvenile Spotted Redshank, a really great bird in good light.
Shortly afterwards I flushed a Snipe, which ditched straight back in a short way from me. Could it be? I flushed it again and it flew out over the water and left no doubt, Jack Snipe, the best bird of the trip...
More Wood Sandpipers moved overhead, the Tufted Duck brood now numbered just five. A Red Throated Diver flew past to the south. The the odd whistling call of juvenile Caspian Tern rang out, the bird then appeared over the bay and remained around the island all day.
A male Sparrowhawk was the only raptor of the day...
Sketched all day before retiring to bed early...

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