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

White Tailed Eagles; Landsort; August 2012

 Above; A near Adult White Tailed Eagle flies the island, note that the bird is ringed...


 A fresh juvenile, note the pristine flight feathers...


 The same juvenile bird here...


The same bird as in the top image here moving along the east of Landsort...



Images here of White Tailed Eagle from Landsort. I saw many birds over the four day trip to the island and it's hard to know how many birds were involved, though at least ten individuals would seem probable. Ofeten the birds were far offshore resting on the oslets, on occasion the came much closer. Early in the morning, at dawn, they could be found sat on the tip of Sodra Udden. At the north of the island there were three recently fledged juenile birds jusy offshore, one of which was captured with the camera and is posted here. One of the hightlights of the trip was watching two adult birds hunting am Eider offshore. The pair had managed to get above the Eider, which tried repeatedly to dive undrwater to escape. The adult pair worked as a team to force it down again immediately on surfacing, by stooping at it on sight. After around 15 minutes the Eider was tiring and eventually on of the eagles crashed into the sea after it. The Eider was far from finished, depite trying four times to lift it's prey from the water and carry it to land the eider managed to drag the eagle down into the sea each time. The eagle must of been soaked through, I watched as the Eider towed it around the surface for some time. Eventually, the Eagles mate reappeared and took the Eider from it's mate, lifting it to a nearby islet, where the drama came to an end...

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