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, May 12, 2011

Ågesta; 12th May 2011

Ågesta Mysvik, looking very good at the moment for waders....


Marsh Sandpiper


 Ågesta Pumphus

Arrived early to the site yo view the star attraction, a pair of Marsh Sandpipers that have turned up at the site. This is a rare bird in these parts and a pair is exceptional. Even better still is the certainty that this pair are attempting to breed at the site, the birds have been seen mating ovrt the past few days! Almost as soon as I arrived I picked them up feeding...delighted to get them as I have never seen one before, somehow the species has eluded me over the years. Other birds were noted at this point, a drake Garganey rested far out on the lake, Yellow Wagtail, Lapwing, Redshank, Pochard, Shoveler, Gadwall,Great Crested Grebe, Water Rail, Sedge Warbler, Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow..
 After getting a few record shots of the sandpipers I headed for Pumphus, only to find three birder's peering into a willow bush. A Bluethroat had been found!


 Bluethroat

Delighted to say the least I staked the bird out for an hour and ended up with my best shots of the species to date, what a bird it was too, an absolute gem. No passerine in europe comes close to spring Bluethroat males in my opinion, a burst of colour when seen well...


 Bluethroat emerging from cover...

I spent about an hour photographing the small jewel, patience was required as it disapeared for periods of ten minutes at a time. When it did show though it showed well, the light was wonderful and I got some great shots in time...

Ågesta, looking back towrds Pumphus, the reserve looks incredibly good this year and I reckon it will attract a lot of rarities as a result of superb site management, breeding birds benifitting hugely too now.......


Pumphus was bustling with breeding birds, with Snipe, Redshank, Green Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper all displaying.A pair of Crane were heard calling, as were several Yellow Wagtails, whilst a Redwing sang not far away. Two Sand Martins were the sma ones seen earlier most likely. All in all a truly wonderful mornings birding in great weather...


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