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, February 13, 2012

Skeppsbron; 13th Febuary 2012

Above and below, Goosander, albeit a rather small individual. Initially the birds size drew our attention as there is a Red-breasted Merganser in the area. However, closer inspection shows a rather dark reddish brown head, sharply contrasting white throat patch, pale breast and thick bill base, thus the bird is indded a Goosander...










Above and below; Lots of Mute Swan at the site right now as the freeze continues....





Arrived onsite at 0915am. and immediately located the Little Grebe alongside the Vindhem ferry, busily diving and feeding. As I wathch the bird crossed the open water toward the Djurgården ferry where I eventually got really close and was able to secure some decent shots of this locally scarce species. I stayed with the bird until John Costello arrived and grabbed a few shots before we moved onwards....
 Eventually it became clear that the Glaucous Gull was not present after a careful scoping of the area. Herring Gulls were checked, a few Great Black-backed Gull were noted and we moved on checking the wildfowl, among the Tufted Duck near Matflotten was a single drake Pochard. On then to Skeppsholmen where we had great opportunities to photograph displaying Goldeneye. Further on there were 20 Pochard near the Goosander flock before we headed off enjoying views of an adult male Goshawk overhead in very nice light...


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