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

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Eiders; Landsort; May 2012

 A pair of Eider in flight, which passed over while photographing Arctic Terns...




 Eider pair from the ferry on the way back off the island...




A typical flock migrating off the southern tip of Landsort, sodra Udden...







Here are a couple of sound recordings taken of Eiders courting off the southern side of Norrudden in the north of the island, one of the characteristic sounds on Landsort...


Shots here from the trip to Landsort of Eider, the commonest species around the island. Hundreds were present around the islands coast, many breeding on offshore skerries, some on the island itself. In addition there is a huge passage of these birds every spring along the baltic coast of Sweden, Landsort is a prime location to view this impressive spectacle. Also here are recordings made there with the telinga stereo dat and parabol...


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