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

Friday, February 17, 2012

Skeppsbron; 17th Febuary 2012

 Above and below; Goosander. Numbers have dropped a lot as the ice dissapears. nevertheless stil great opportunies to photograph the species at the site...











 Above and below; A 2nd calender Great Black-backed Gull. note the iris is begining to lighten and there is also a pale tip on the bill. The primaries are plain without any white tips and clearly second generation as are the scapulars and covert's, so this is clearly a second calender bird, despite the pale iris...









 A Mute Swan swims towards the camera lens in stunning evening light...




 A pair of Tufted Duck




 Above and below; Black-headed Gulls are often fed by tourists and I can neer resist grabbing a few flight shots...




A visit to Skeppsbron followed a last minute call from work to say I could take the night off. The light was wonderful and as I arrived the Little Grebe was immediately picked up. I spent a while photographing it before moving on and checking through the gulls, nothing odd about as it happened. As always at this site, there were a stack of photo chances of a range of species, the best of which are posted above...

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