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, January 23, 2012

Råstasjön; 23rd January 2012

 Chaffinch; Three birds at the feeding station today...




 Great Spotted Woodpecker; Also around the feeding station...




Robin; Three birds seen around the lake tiday...

A trip to Råstasjön saw mr arrive early at the lake. I spent the first part of the day photographing the Grey Heron flock, 38 birds were gathered around the open water at the west side of the lake. I then went to the east side to catch up on a wintering Shoveler, the bird duly obliged and gave point blank views. A brief view was had of Sparrowhawk at this point. Then onwards to the Water Rail, after a stakeout the bird was eventually seen in cover and did not allow any photos today. John Costello had now joined me and we worked our way back through the woods, checking carefully for the Ural Owl, which is still present at this site. No joy today though and we made our way to the feeding station. Siskin, Yellowhammer, Robin, Chaffinch and other common species were quickly noed, whilst a young Goshawk put in a brief appearance...

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