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 07, 2012

Landsort; 5th May 2012

Up early at just 03.30am due to the long summer hours here, dawn was at 03.50! John Costello and I were soon at Sodra Udden, the southerly tip, whilst other birders went to the north end. At dawn there was a thick mist, no visibility and we decided to search for migrant passerines after a Tree Pipit called close by. A couple of Redstart were quickly found, then a Tree Pipit and a cracking male Pied Flycatcher.We took a few photos before I stumbled into another Wryneck which proceeded to give fantastic views and we got good shots of this enigmatic species. Willow Warbler, Song Thrush and Reed Bunting were then noted before the fog cleared and we returned to the point.
 Immediatly birds began to pass, the first Eider flocks close in.Then came Razorbills and Guillemot in smaller numbers, a Black Guillemot flew east. Long Tailed duck were very prevelent, as were Velvet and Common Scoter. Red Throated diver follwed and we were enjoying things, Then a real surprise, 2 Collared dove came in off the sea and flew past us, a scarce species here in Sweden. Then a cracking flock of 8 Whimbrel, their calls drawing attention as the flew on northwards. We stayed for a few hours...
 After Seawatching we worked northwards, later learning the crew there had a Pomarine Skua and a migrating Ortolan Bunting. On the way we struck back with a Short-eared Owl over the island. There were common migrants all day from then onwards, with Redstart, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap all featuring. We notched up House Martin, Sand Martin and Common Whitethroat, all new for 2012. Then yet another Wryneck. Wheatear were everywhere, while right at the end a Wood Sandpiper flew over calling. A superb days birding in all, thoroughly enjoyed...

Photos will be uploaded of this trip on my return to Stockholm in a few days time...


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