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
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Marsh Sandpiper; Ågesta; 12th May 2011

 The male bird, displaying constantly, rather grey toned upperparts with heavily barred tertials and greater covert's. The best shot of the day as the birds are in a protected area and generally out of camera range, happy to get this image as it has not been easy to get images of these birds. Note the long slender bill...

 Female bird, possibly a liitle more brown on th upperparts, but perhaps this is the light reflecting off the path and best to be wary of the apparent tone. Does appear more coarsely marked on the upperparts than it's partner. A useful shot, the long length of the legs is most apparent here, olive green/yellow ochre in colour. Not the dark centres to the upperpart feathers, otherwise a fairly pale wader in general. Most reminiscent of Lesser Yellowlegs, though given good views identification is fairly straightforward....

 On the ground the bird appeared fairly dainty and elegant. The male bird this time.
Record shot of the bird in flight, where it appears rather like a Greenshank. Note however the legs protrude far beyong the tail and clinch identification. The tail does not appear heavily barred.

Marsh Sandpiper, finally. This was a lifer, the second in the past eight days after Stone Curlew, so I was rather happy! Not sure quite how this species has managed to elude me so long after travelling over much of europe in the past. A fairly distinctive wader, rather good to look at. Nice to see the pair displaying over Mysvik, the call is typically tringa like, though not as loud and strident as Redshank. The birds spent most time in the grass wetland, though both birds flew over the path and landed on short grass at one stage, the female decided to walk back across the footpath. A rare species this far north and quite exceptional indeed to have a breeding pair turn up,, look forward to seeing the juvenile birds, should these two breed successfully...


Kah-Wai Lin said...

Nice capture there! This will be my next birding spot!

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