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; 7th May 2012

Up again at 03.30 and straight to Sodra Udden, on the way the lack of migrant activity, calm clear condition and cold told me this would be a quiet day. It proved the sea was no better, though initially 3 Shelduck were a fine start. Passage never really got going, though there were some highlights, four beautiful summer plumage Spotted Redshank passing overhead high among them. 2 Mistle Thrush were welcome, as were 2 Whimbrel. A Great Crested Grebe was new for the trip, as were 3 Ruff and a single Ringed Plover. I gave it three hours and then headed off for migrants...several Tree Pipits having passed overhead calling...
   Lesser Whitethroats, Redstarts and Willow Warbler were all in evidence, though in lower numbers than the previous day.It was obvious that a clear out had occured and I decided to grab the parabol and record some of the local birds. I was delighted to get good recordings of several species, such as Eider, Long Tailed duck, Lesser Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher, Common and Wood Sandpiper, Raven and Slavonian Grebe among others. The Slavonian Grebes gave incredible views today as they prospected for nest sited close inshore and I took full advantage, hiding under a wooden jetty and finally getting some fantastic shots. The Steller's Eider is still present and showed more distantly at the mouth of the harbour. A White Tailed Eagle at Norruden was another highlight, though I struggled to find any numbers of migrant. An evening seawatch and second search of the south produced one fine moment, a superb adult White Tailed Eagle flying out to roost on offshore islands in glorious evening light. Last day tomorrow, lets see what the morning brings..

Highlights; 3 Shelduck, 2 Whimbrel, 15 Tree Pipit, 1 Wryneck, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Wood sandpiper, 3 Ruff, 4 Spotted Redshank,2 Mistle Thrush, Stellers Eider, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 7 Redstart, 18 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Blackcap.

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