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

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Diurnal Migrants; Sound Recordings; Landsort; 22nd October 2012


A migrating Snow Bunting overhead here. note the other species also, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Brambling, Blue Tit and Linnet. The bubbling trill of Snow Bunting is very distinctive once learnt and a good call to know...


Woodlark, a bird overhead, actively migrating. A very distinctive call and a much sought after species at migration stations...


Another recording of Woodlark, this one was earlier in the morning....


Here a lone Mistle Thrush among a flock of Fieldfares, migrating southwest high overhead. The rattling call is very distinctive..


Here a Dunnock, a migrating bird also, though not often thought of as a migrant in southern or western Europe. Scandinavian birds migrate late in the autumn and can be heard passing high overhead, usually singly...


A flock of Fieldfare passes overhead early morning. some of the flocks we aw were huge, including one in excess of 1,000 birds. This one contained around 60 individuals....


Another recording of migrating fieldfare, this time a smaller group of around ten individuals...


Twite. This was another species I had hoped to record. Here a flock of 42 birds was recorded as they migrated south in a tight flock. The birds were a little distant, though still, this makes an interesting recording...


Brambling. A classic late autumn scandinavian migrant. A single bird rests briefly on some trees about 40 metres away from the parabol and calls...


Here a flock of Waxwing. There were around twenty birds in this flock, which was rather hesitant about flying out over the baltic and they rested for a few minutes before flying out over th Baltic in a southwesterly direction...

Here are a fe of the recordings I have edited to date from my recording sessions on Landsort, which were very productive. A lot of nice species were captured here, and many of the species I had hoped for were recorded. There will be more to come, as they are edited. There are several hours of recordings to get through, this will take a little time...

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