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, July 02, 2012

Cory's Shearwater; Gran Canaria; June 2012

Cory's Shearwater, up close and personal...




A more typical view of the species over the sea....




Flying over the boat!




Stunning seabirds these, note the yellowish bill, ash grey head and whire underparts..




View here of the upperparts...




Against the light, very prone to differing appearances and tone depending on the position of the sun...




Hundreds of birds in rafts on the sea...



Photos here of Cory's Shearwater, thousand of which were seen on two pelagics. The birds often came very close and gave unforgettable views and even better oppotunities to get some good shots. I'm used to seeing these a couple of kilometres out from irish headlands, so this truly was a real treat...



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