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, September 07, 2011

Hjälstaviken; 6th September 2011

 Cormorant, the bird appears to be ringed..

Arrived around 10am. with John Costello at the south end of the reserve, first port of call were the reedbed at Stora Parnassen. A couple of Bluethroat were the first birds of note picked up, not very showy as they moved through the reeds. A juvenile Sedge Warbler showed briefly, as did a juvenile Marsh Harrier. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker called in the tres before flying over our heads.  Geese were everywhere, Grey Herons and Cormorants were also very much in evidence. Bst of all was two follow when the explosive calls of Bearded Tits came from the reeds close by, eventually we had brief views of two young birds, a nice start to the day,,,


 Red Backed Shrike

We moved north along the west side of the reserve, Red Backed Shrike, Marsh Harrier and Spotted Flycatcher were noted. Another Bluethroat was flushed from the sides of a field were Lapwings and White Wagtails fed.The reserve then erupted, thousands of geese taking the the air. We quickly located the causes, two White Tailed Eagle were hunting over the lake...


 Barnacle Geese

Approaching the tower we had a Fox and plenty of Geese. From the tower birds were everywhere, thoudands of Greylag and Barnacle Geese. Ruff, Dunlin and a single juvenile Knot were picked out, along with a handful of Common Snipe. Better still were 18 Pintail overhead, my first of the year. Then another eruption, White Tailed Eagles were overhead again...




 Always an impressive sight, White Tailed Eagle. A superb place to watch these huge birds...

We watched them for as long as they came and went, a wonderful sight. A young Hobby powered past the tower, Marsh Harriers floated over the reeds. Greenshank was picked up, as were Wigeon and Teal, Ringed Plover fed on the mudflats. A Meadow Pipit was located feeding close to the tower before we headed back along the track.


 Wheatear

Along the track came a couple of Wheatear, as well as another Red Backed Shrike. Heading back along the road flocks of Bean Geese could be seen overhead...




Bean Geese


A flock of Ruff and Starling flying over the stubble fields...

Further back along the road I took some time to get a shot of a Ruff flock over the fieds before getting the bus. A enjoyable morning birding...

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