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

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Black-throated Diver; Tyresta National Park; 8th May 2011

 A stunning bird in every way, a superb summer plumaged Black-throated Diver. The bird swam right in front of me in glorious light and allowed me my best shots of the species to date...


 The pair together as I first approached them...


 Another close up...


 Displaying to each other on the water....





A different format...

The photo's above say it all, quite simply stunning views of this pair today. When I got to the lake the birds were easily located about 40 metres out. The birds were displaying and seemed completely happy to tolerate my presence, gradually moving closer to my position on the lakeside. Eventually they began to feed and then came very close to me on a few occasions. These are perhaps my favourite birds, the summer markings are incredibly beautiful to my eye.
  Black-throated Diver are streamlined diving birds sit low in the water and dive with consummate ease. On land they are clumsy, barely able to walk with their legs so far back on their bodies. They are easily disturbed when breeding and their vulnerability to pollution make them vulnerable. Last year kayaking on the lake caused the birds to abandon breeding, hopefully this year they have success breeding....


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