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

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Big Freeze; North Bull Island; December 2010

Black Tailed Godwit


Lapwings; lot's of these about due to cold weather on the continent, numbers are higher than normal...


Mute Swan; a species that can be badly affected by extreme winter weather, several birds about today...


Bull Island looking towards Howth. Minus degrees and plenty of snow unusual here in Dublin.


Shelduck; a brace high over the causeway.


Brent Geese, the light bellied race which winters in Ireland.


Brent Geese overhead on a day of quite superb light...


My parent's dog, Brandy. Loving the snow....

As with the rest of europe, Ireland is in the grips of severely cold weather and snow is thick on the ground. Lcal birding on Bull Island has been super, with lot's of species being noted in much larger numbers than is usual due to influxes of birds seeking respite from the weather further afield. Woodcock has been a nice site not far away in St. Annes Park, where I also heard Brambling. Skylarks are very much a feature on the influx, as are Lapwings. A brief view of Blue Winged Teal in flight was very welcome. Merlin an Peregrine continue to be present, lovely to watch over the past few days. A very happy Christmas to all reading the blog here...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures! Happy New Year year from snowy Stockholm!
Dirk VG