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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Arctic Terns; Landsort; May 2011

 Arctic Tern in flight, a bird that has one of the longest migrations in the world, breathtakingly graceful in the air...


 A displaying bird trying to catch the attention of a possible mate...


 Another flight shot...


 A particularily dark male presents a female with a fish. This is often a precursor to mating taking place...


A pair going through a courtship ritual. Wonderful birds to watch on the breeding grounds...

Arctic Tern is a breeding bird on Lansdort and there is a small colony in Norrhamn which is at close range to the harbour wall and offers wonderful views and opportunities to photograph and draw these birds.Spent a hour at the site today taking it all in, some pairs were just begining to display whilst others had already mated and were making nests. These birds protect their colony fiercely, I watched as a Marsh Harrier passing over was attacked with real venom and hastily turned inland over the island, the terns following mercilessly for at least 50 metres...

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