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

Friday, May 06, 2011

Stone Curlew; Saby Strand; 6th May 2011

 Record Shot; Stone Curlew, a lifer for me today and a really cracking bird..

News that a Stone Curlew had just been found after lunchtime saw me drop everything and make my way straight to the site. A lifer for me and a real rarity in around Stockholm. Happily the bird was on view as soon as I arrived along with a gathering crowd of birder's. Early views were superb for a few minutes through the scope before the bird moved behind vegetation and rested sleepily for a couple of hours. Occasionally the bird would stick its head up for a look about, an amazing beast to look at, the eyes in particular are quite amazing...









 Biro sketches of the bird made onsite today...

I spent a couple of hours watching the bird and got a few sketches down. The views of the birds head were rather good through the scope at x45. A very distinctive bird with a lot of personality this, the bird remained in the same spot for a couple of hours before I left what was becoming a very large crowd of happy birders's...


 Gadwall

Other birds were in evidence, notably Yellow Wagtail, Little Ringed Plover and Swallow, all for the first time this year...



Little Ringed Plover



2 comments:

Kah-Wai Lin said...

I saw the stone curlew there too on Saturday!

Alan Dalton said...

Hi there, glad to here you caught up with the bird, still there apparently. Would like to see more posts on your blog from around Stockholm, do treat us all soon, Alan.