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, January 08, 2012

Lotsjön/Råstasjon; 8th January 2011

 Moorhen at Lotsjön. A rather scarce bird here in Sweden, particularily in winter, so good to get it on the yearlist early...






 Having seen Two-barred Crossbill at Kungsholmen over the past few days, we decided to check the Blue Spruce trees near the west side of the lake where a second group had been reported and lo and behold, there they were, 5 Two-barred Crossbills. These trees are a lot taller here and I grabbed a record shot of these two males, This was a new bird for John and we had good views...






 Mealy Redpoll. Always nice to see these birds at close range, the feeding station at Råstasjön always holds these birds in winter..














 Above; A series of images of cock Yellowhammers. Yellowhammer is very common here all year round and these birds showed well right in front of me at the feeding station...




Yellowhammer. A female/1st winter bird. Notice the buffy fringes on all of the flight feathers and covert's...

Met up with John Costello today and we had a look around the Solna lakes of Råstasjön and Lotsjön. We headed for the west side of Lotsjön first to look for Two-barred Crossbill first, catching up on some common species on the way as well as a passing Goshawk. Moorhen was looked for and found by the lakeside before we arrived at the Blue Spruce trees where the Crossbills had been reported. Happily they were present and we eventually had great views of five birds, at least three of which were spanking males. After enjoying the views we headed for the feeding station at Råstasjön were several common passerines were found feeding, we grabbed some images and video footage here. No sign of the Water Rail at dusk, but not to worry, it should be present all winter and theres always another day. Grey Herons flew in to roost as we left on a very chilly evening indeed...

Video Here;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ksi_IvPCf8I&list=UUUWm0gG93nKzlG2XotE1F3A&index=1&feature=plcp

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