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

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Red footed Falcon; 2nd Calender Female; Berga Ängar; 22nd July 2012



 A stunning bird this, masked and salmon flushed. A very distinctive bird perched and in flight...




 A rather pale overall appearance, mask around eyes, apricot flusd underparts and heavily barred undertail make female Red Foot's easily identified...




 Uncannily, whilst perched, the bird often recalled Red Backed Shrike due to the masked appearance and salmon flushed breast. This simularity was quicly banished when the bird took to flight however..




 The bird coming in to land at it's favourite perch. The bird is actively moulting it's flight feathers, the inner secondaries and primaries missing. A little scruffy looking in the air perhaps, but still very quick in the air, recalling Hobby in flight, being much quicker in the air than Kestrel...




 Small billed and rather rounded head in profile. The upperparts were largely slate grey, though the upperwing covert's were old, retained feathers..




 A few more shots of the bird, note the feet which are not yet deep red, a hint as to the birds age. The real giveaway were the birds retained upperwing covert's and rather pale forehead..




Made the trip to Berga Ängar, Sorunda, in order to catch up with a Red Footed Falcon which has been in the area for some days now, I have bben working everydsy and unable to move sooner. Soon after arriving on site I had the bird in the distance, hovering and dashing about. I moved in quickly and located it siiting on a telegraph post, a favoured perch. It was unconcerned by my presence and gave me cracking views as it hunted insects, preened itself and generally sat around. I sat within 50 metres of the bird for a couple of hours before heading off, getting some decent photos and making a few shetches. I have not seen many female birds in the past, so this was welcome, only my second time seeing the species here is Sweden....

VIDEO FOOTAGE HERE;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlo23yZ3J4Y&list=UUUWm0gG93nKzlG2XotE1F3A&index=1&feature=plcp


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