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 22, 2011

Crescent Bluet; Coenagrion lunatalum; Östra Styran; May 2011

Crescent Bluet; My first ever...

Carefully, I went through my photos of Damselflies with Lewingtons plates in my hand for close scrutiny. This male stopped me, several features were wrong for Northern and Variable, the blue spots on the back of the eyes not joining, the unbroken antihumeral stripes, the largely dark section 7,7 and 8 on the abdomen all pointed to one species, Crescent Bluet.
 The species is alo known as the Irish Damselfly, being irish myself I thought it a nice find. The species is strangely absent in Britain, local in Ireland and Holland and found in northern europe. Very happy with this one, my new field guide is helping greatly with identification of these insects...


2 comments:

Phil Benstead said...

Nice one alan!

Alan Dalton said...

Cheers Phil,

Had noticed you had some early down there and had an eye out for dark bodied bluets, probably occur widely in early summer or?