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

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Birding on Landsort; 25th September 2011

 Kestrel; Aptly, this was the first bird of the trip. The first of many over the coming days...

This was a long awaited late September visit to Landsort, a two night stay with John Costello to sample autumn birding at this baltic island. What a great couple of days birding it would prove to be...
 We arrived around 4.30pm. and hastily dropped our bags and headed for the main watchpoint, the lighthouse at Sodra Udden. Almost immediatly a juvenile Kestrel passed south and out over the sea! I grabbed the first of many shots as it did so. We scanned south for more approaching migrants. White Wagtails flew south overhead, as did Meadow Pipits. Then we picked up a larger bird of prey moving towards us down the spine of the island...





 Juvenile Honey Buzzard over Sodra Udden..

A juvenile Honey Buzzard was identified through the telescopes and it proceeded to fly right over us in glorious light against a backdrop of clear blue sky, thouroughly enjoyable. More passerines passed overhead as visible migration continued, the first of a brace of Merlins hurtled over the lighthouse. Then a few Stock Dove began to pass...



 Migrating Stock Doves at Sodra Udden...

We saw several singles before a flock passed. Later another Stock Dove was accompanied by odd company, a couple of Ruff! They passed together overhead as we enjoyed a short evening session of visible migration watching. The totals as follows..
6 Kestrel, 1 Honey Buzzard, 2 Merlin, 53 Meadow Pipit, 77 White Wagtail, 28 Stock Dove, 18 Chaffinch, 2 Ruff,


Sunset to the east of Landsort.

Considering migration often stops by midday we were very happy with the short watch at the lighthouse. Later, back at the observatory, we sat in on the daily log, an impressive day of raptor migration and passerines had been had by those presnt in the morning, Two-barred Crossbill had been seeen and our appetites were well and truly whetted for the following days birding at this fabulous site...

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