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, May 21, 2012

Angarn; 21st May 2012

 Greylag Geese with brood...




 Greylag goslings...




 Garganey pair to the front, Gadwall to the rear...




 Skylark










 Above; Three images of a cracking cock Wheatear at Midsommarberget...










Above; Three images of grey headed Yellow Wagtail, at least eight pairs at the site this morning...


Arrived at Angarn just after 6am, a glorious morning too. An Osprey and Black Woodpecker were the first highlights of the day. The reserve has much vegetation and it was difficult to see birds. A singing Garden Warbler gave good views on my way through Örsta, I wished I'd brought the telinga as I would of got a lovely recording. 11 Whooper Swan then flew past calling noisily, whilst on the water was a single Slavonian Grebe among the Goldeneye. At Midsommarberget I located a Garganey pair with a pair of Gadwall close by. Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler were displaying in numbers, though after straining to hear I eventually managed to decipher a Great Reed Warblers steady song from the reedbeds, singing sporadically.
 Onwards the to Lundbydiket where a pair of Little Ringed Plover were nesting. Yellow Wagtail were everywhere and I was photographing these when I carelessly flushed a Temminck's Stint from under my feet! The bird called twice as it flew to the reserve and dissapeared. I spent a few more hours checking the snipe an watching for raptors without a great deal of success, before heading home...


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