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

Shoveler; Råstasjön; 23rd January 2012

A female Shoveler at rest on the ice. A medium sized duck with large flattened bill and orange feet. The flanks and belly show some lovely ochre tones...


The bird showing the blue forewing and green base to the secondaries here...


Above and below, the bird on the water. Not a difficult bird to identify given a reasonable view, mainly due to the bill, from which the species gets it's name...






The bird preening, showing the full breadthe of the bill, which really is quite amazing...


A nice view of the open wings here, a wonderful blue grey forewing and irredescent green speclum on the secondaries...


A female Shoveler here has spent the winter at Råstasjön to date. The bird first appeared in the autumn and as the winter progressed and the freeze worsened the bird was forced to seek out the remaining open water. The bird is now present at a small area of open water where a stream flows from the lake, giving close range views and great photo opportunities...

Video Here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Fud3zNzUw&list=UUUWm0gG93nKzlG2XotE1F3A&index=1&feature=plpp_video

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