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 3rd 2010

Dragonfly; Close up and personal...


Watercolour of Wood Sandpiper done in the field today...


Caspian Tern, a calling juvenile..


Greenshanks...


First up was a Black-throated Diver overhead...then a Arctic Tern juvenile floated past at close range. New for the week was a Green Sandpiper, a juvenile flushed from the northern shore. Then even better, a brace of Temminck's Stint were located, an adult and a juvenile. Sketched these birds for a while before they moved off to the south..
A Spotted Redshank was heard but not seen, the Caspian Tern juvenile flew past me soon after. 7 Greenshank, 1 Curlew and a Hobby brought up the rest of the days cast before I had to leave, a thouroughly enjoyable few days in isolated wilderness on the baltic coast, to be recommended...

Species seen over five days; TOTAL 54; Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Greylag goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Scaup, Tufted Duck, Eider, Velvet Scoter, Goldeneye, Goosander, Red Breasted Merganser, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Oystercatcher, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Temminck's Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Jack Snipe, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Woodpigeon, Swift, Swallow, Tree Pipit, White Wagtail, Robin, Wheatear, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Blue Tit, Hooded Crow, Magpie, Siskin, Greenfinch, Common Crossbill, Chaffinch.

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