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

Monday, October 10, 2011

Cape Clear Island; 7th-9th October 2011

 Linnet at The Waist




 Hummingbird Hawkmoth, a real feature at the minute with up to 12 present...




 The view from outside north harbour along the north coast...




 White Wagtail, one of two found on Teddy Mc Carthys lawn...




 Direct comparison of both Ped Wagtail on the left and White Wagtail on the right. Both are first year birds...




 The Wryneck at The Waist was present throughout....




The view west from the mass track looking towards Blananarragaun...

A fairly tough few days on the island due to the dreaded northwesterly winds, which eventually veered westerly and gave us a little hope for improvement. The Wryneck was present throughout at The Waist. A Grey Wagtail on the 7th was my first of the trip in North Harbour, Cotters proved quiet though. At The Waist there were 232 Meadow Pipit eventually, all flying west and migrating. Sikin were the feature of the day with a total of 275 noted on the island, with a flock of 140 at the Post Office. A Wheatear was at the Waist, whilt a single Redpoll flew widely about the east end. I covered the entire east side of the island an it was tough going, though 2 White Wagtails at Teddy Mc Carthy's were notable and let me get some useful shots.
 Thw next couple of days were even tougher, the weather really deteriorated badly and there was little migrantwise available. It was soul destroying stuff out there! A pair of Peregrines were seen on both days all the same, whilst the odd Blackcap was found and the Wryneck continued to show well.
 On the ninth I covered the east side again with Mark Stewart and Sean Ronayne. Again it was tough, an oiled Wheatear gave us a surge of adrenlin before we realized it was oiled. A single Chiffchaff was scant reward, though there was a surprise at the top of the mass track whre we flused a large Warbler, grey with a long tail. It gave only a brief view but my suspicion was very much Barred Warbler...

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