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

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beautiful Demoiselle(Calopteryx virgo), Tyresta Nyfors; July 2011

 Quite simply put, a most beautiful odonate. My first Calopteryx virgo...




 Resting on vegetation beside the running water at the base of the waterfalls...




 Often rested on rocks midstream. Fairly difficult to approach in general.




Again on a rock, the emerald green sheens are quite remarkable....

My first Banded Demoselle(Calopteryx virgo). As I approached the falls I flushed it and I knew exactly what it was, even though it was a little larger than I expected. It was the only one present and I spent some time photographing it, a splended beast to say the least. Not difficult to identify at all, tough habibtat preferences make it scarce around Stockholm, where there are very few rivers indeed. This was a real bonus and slightly unexpected, though very welcome. I managed some good images as well which are posted here...

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