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; July 31st 2010

Adult Caspian Tern...


Wood Sandpiper...

Curlew. Not often seen well around Stockholm where I live, 4 birds present today on Hällögarn...


Cranes flying by in the distance...


A quite amazing sky....


Sunset...

In constast to yesterday a stunning day weather wise, with sunshine most of the day. Got up early despite a good hangover after a late night barbeque with the neighbours! All the usual trens and gulls were immediatly noted before heading to the north tip. Waders were well up in numbers with several Wood Sandpipers seen, as well as 3 Dunlin, Redshank, 5 Greenshank and several Common Sandpipers. 4 Curlews flew in an gave me good views as they rested, not a bird I see well around Stockholm very often and very welcome. Overhead a rather confusing trisyllabic call was not familiar to me, I got on to the bird at distance where I could only determine it to be a wader and probably a plover. Still have not figured out what it was...
A Scaup brood of six was found, eing tended by a male in eclipse plumage, as well as a brood of Tufted Duck. 6 Arctic Tern were located in toatal among the Commons on site. Best of all were two adult Caspian Terns in the afternoon loafing on the rocks before feeding in the bay. Spent the day sketching these birds before retiring to the cabin to watch a quite incredible sunset, this to a backdrop of calling Cranes...


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