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, June 18, 2012

Seabirds on Howth Head, Dublin, June 2012

 An adult Kittiwake carrying nest material...




 A pair of breeding Kittiwake, beautiful seafaring gulls these...




 Adult Kittiwake in flight...




A Kittiwake incubating to eggs on the nest. Many of these birds were on eggs on the cliffs..


 A cliff bustling with breeding seabirds. Here there are Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittwakes...




 Above and below, images on the same Gannet flying past. Two nearby colonys hold almost 2000 pairs!





Guillemots resting offshore....

Two trips were made to Howth Head, all of the above shots coming from the first day out. The cliffs here are bust with breeding seabirds of several species and it was a pleasure to see them again. Fulmar were furthest up the cliffs and many were seen. Kittwakes, Guillemots, Razorbill were everywhere, Gannets fed offshore in numbers, whilst Shag and Cormorant were also evident. Overhead Rock Pipits sang, whilst a few pairs of Stonechat were doing well close by. In the harbour several pairs of Black Guillemots gave great views and I really regreted leaving the camera at home to avoid the weight on the cliff walk. Wonder ful stuff at a  wonderful location close to home, very close to Dublin City and easily reached by train or bus....

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