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, January 25, 2012

Hawfinch; Viby; 25th January 2012

 Hawfinch. It took me some time to get any kind of decent shot of these birds today, an elusive and wary species. They are worth the effort though as they are stunning birds. Today there were good numbers of this species in the trees at Viby, perhaps as a result of the recent winter weather..




 The birds were moving about a great deal, but there was no doubt that many were visiting the local bird feeders, of which there are several in the area. Nevertheless they were very difficult to approach and would not tolerate a close approach...




 These are beautifully marked birds. The tan brown head is given much character by the dark mask and bib. The bill is huge and can apply massive force to crack the toughest of seeds...




 The blue grey nape and neck sides is one of my favourite features, subtle from some angles, very obvious from others. The full depth of the bill can be appreciated here. Note also the white secondaries, forming a distinct pale area on the upperwing. The underparts combine a wonderful mauve brown breast and belly, with a clean white vent and undertail. Most curious of all though are the crimped tertials, unique to the species...




These are curious birds, seemingly intelligent and always aware of my presence and position today. This was a typical view, the birds were sitting high in the tall trees in the area, very vocal and associating loosely over a couple of hundred square metres...

Viby lies just north of Ravalen in Norra Järvafältet and is the best site I know for Hawfinch. As I approached today it was immediately apparent that the birds were present in numbers, their calls unmistakable and frequent. As I got into the area I realized many were present and I counted at least 32 birds in the area, generally high above me. I spent a couple of hours trying to get close to them but the birds were elusive and very aware of my presence. In the end a few record shots were forthcomong. It was very nice indeed to watch these birds for a few hours...


2 comments:

Gary said...

Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Anonymous said...

Great picts