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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Northern White Faced Darter; Östra Styran; 18th May 2011

 Northern White Face Darter; my first ever and it really could not of been more cooperative...




 A female, notice the large spots on the abdomen. Perhaps newly emerged, only flew once a short distance. a stunning little Odanata...




 Another close up, the white face of the genus obvious...




One last shot...

I had been tramping about looking for Damselflies for about two hours when I spotted a what looked like a Darter Sp. sitting on some sedge. I approached slowly expecting it to fly, but it didn't and I quickly realized it was a white faced species, new to me, as would be all the genus. I have been swatting on these insects and had hoped to get this species, Northern White Faced Darter! This little odanata proved a little megastar and allowed me to get some superb images, for which I was grateful, great to get a new species alond with such a nice set of images...


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