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, December 05, 2011

Råstasjön; 27th November-4th December 2011

 A small number of Barnacle Geese are present at the lake, part of the large feral population in wider area. A few shots here from over the past few days...









 The lake is well known as a site for Water Rail, these birds showing well here during the winter, attracting large amounts of bird photographers to the lake to capture images of this secretive species...


Poor light meant using a flash, this is reflected in the birds eye in this shot....

Råstasjön is a well trodden site in the north of the city suburbs and it attracts many birder's. A while ago a superb find was a Ural Owl at the site that has showed well on occasion when the day roost could be located. I have had quite a few visits now and have put a lot of effort in looking, to no avail to date. I have been very unfortunate to be working on days when the owl was located, whilst the bird could not be found on my days off.
 Other birds on the lake included Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, 15 Gadwall and a single Pochard thoughout. Up to 2 Water Rail were present also and I managed a few hurried shots in poor light. On land were 1 Robin, a handful of Yellowhammer, 2 Chaffinch and good numbers of Jay. Goshawks were a feature throughout with an active adult pair present in the area...

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