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 16, 2012

Sandemar; 16th January 2012

Large flocks of Tufted Duck out on the water held the odd Goldeneye, Goosander and a single Smew...


 Above and below; Whooper Swans in snow, a total of 19 birds present at the reserve today...









Mute Swan, a second calender bird...

Out early today to Sandemar, upon arrival it was clear to me the going might be tough. It was just into minus degrees and there was constant snowfall, making visibility poor all round. There was also seroius problems underfoot, black ice concealed undet a couple of inches of soft snow made footfall hazardous in places and I took to walking in areas where rough grasses showed through the snow to avoid a fall.
 On arrival there were few birds, though a few Blackbird and a single Marsh Tit were soon picked up. Nothing then for a while, before I got to Hogarn and began to search for my target secies, Great Grey Shrike. Whooper Swans were soon seen, whilst a Raven flew over calling. A pair of Crested Tit were my first of the ear, calling in the pines. I searched carefully for the shrike to no avail, having to content myself with locating a large flock of Tufted Duck which held a few Goldeneye, 2 Goosander and a single redhead, a female Smew. Large areas of open water have now frozen over and diving duck numbers have dropped as a result at this location. I headed for the observation tower, which produced more Tufted Duck and Whooper Swan.
 I approached the racetrack areea hopefully and searched it carefullt, alsa, no Shrike. A real shame as I had hoped to get the bird today, usually a great place to see the species. I worked my way back carefully and had a few more Marsh Tit before running into a flock of feeding Siskin, about thirty birds feeding low down on catkins and I was able to grab a few shot before leaving...

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