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

Silver Washed Fritillary(Argynnis paphia), Östra Styran; 13th July 2011

 The impressive upperwing pattern of a Silver Washed Fritillary...


 The distinctive underwing helps to identify the species fairly easy given a decent view...


 A close up...





A feeding individual in close up, the eyes are rather stunning...

Silver Washed Fritillary. A lifer for me today, paying for attention to butterflies is paying off. These beautiful fritillaries were abundant today, I saw at least 30 of them. No doubt I have come across the species before here but have never taken the time to get closer, though today I did. They were coeperative when they were feeding on thistles and I got some nice shots of this impressive species.


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