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

Friday, August 31, 2012

Migration; Landsort; 30th August 2012

 A mixed flock here, which was the order of the day. Here a single Teal with a few Dunlin and 2 Curlew Sandpiper. Most birds were at range on the day, though a few came close enough to allow a few record shots to be taken for posterity..


 Migrating Dunlin, hundreds were logged on the day, always low over the water in flocks up to thirty birds...

 A Lesser Black-backed Gull migrating, note the innermost primaries have been dropped. This species moults on the wintering grounds..


 A flock of Wigeon moving over the tip of Landsort...


 Pintail were seen in their hundreds, the toat for the whole day exceeding 1000 birds! An exceptional count on an exceptional day..


 Flocks of dabbling duck were the order of the day, with Wigeon and Pintail making up 99% of the birds. Here a typical flock, moving low over the water into the wind...


 A mixed flock, here again are Pintail and Wigeon, with a single Shoveler in their midst...


 Migrating Hobby. All of the migration had not gone unnoticed it seemed. One of the highlights of the days was the sudden appearance of one of these birds low over the sea, scything though a flock of migrating Dunlin and splitting it in two. The hunt was unsuccessful on that occasion, but remarkable to witness...


 Migrating Black Headed Gulls...


 A group of migrating Knot, adults and juveniles were often distinguishable, even at some range...


A large flock of migrating Oystercatcher moving south...


A series of images here from yesterday of migrating birds offshore at Landsort. A full account of the days birding can be found below, here a few record images give some impression of the birding. Many species were noted, though Pintail, Wigeon and Dunlin were the predominent species on the day. Watching large scale migration such as this on the baltic coastline is a remarkable birding experience, though an onshore wind and the right conditions and timing are required in order to witness large scal movements such as that witnessed yeasterday..


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