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, July 13, 2011

Common Spreadwing(Lestes sponsa), Östra Styran; 13th July 2011

 A cracking mature male Lestes sponsa, above and below. Note the prunosity on S2 completely colours the segment...





A probable immature male above here, as well as in the five images below....








































A male begining to show some bluish prunose tones...

Common Spreadwing(Lestes Sponsa), also known as the Common Emerald Damselfly. Before yesterday I had seen just a few last summer, though today at Östra Styran they were numerous and I took the ooportunity to get familiar with the species, as well as to get some good quality images with the camera. Very nice to get the results posted above. A very nice damselfly this, a much quicker beast in flight than Coenagrion species.

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