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
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Garganey Fieldsketches; Lappkärret; 11th April 2012

 The female resting, though still alert and she watched my movements carefully..

 Female preening, apart from this the birds were not very active..

 Male Garganey, the bird hardly moved at all in 90 minutes, looking up only occasionally before going bck to sleep...

 Garganey Mal, biro sketch. This was the first skech made, though I switched to pencil as it allows solid areas to be more quickly drawn...

Male Reed Bunting, showing a little white in over the lores and eye, a pair present at the site today..

Having expected wet weather today I had surrendered my bus pass to my girlfriend for work, of course the day proved dry! I got itchy feet sitting around the house in no time and walked down to Slussen with the scope and sketchpad to check the gulls there, enjoying views of about 20 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls, some Herring, Common and Black-headed also. Little else in the area though and I wandered down to Djurgården, thinking of the Grey Heron colony there and Little Grebe in particular. It took a while to get there, though a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on the way was a bonus. On arrival at Lappkärret I settled down to sketch and panned through the marsh, Pochard, Mallard, ah, Gadwall and whats this? A pair of Garganey! My first of the year and a real surprise to say the least. The birds were fairly close, though not so easily noticed without the scope. The birds were resting and didn't move much, though made nice still subjects for drawing. Also present were 2 Gadwall which were displaying, as well a at least one adult Little Grebe. A lovely bit of habitat this and I couldn't help but wonder how many good birds could be missed here on passage, as these Garganey were...

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