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
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Hjälstaviken; 2nd July 2013

 Above and below; Osprey were busy fishing over the lake, at least three pairs breeding in the area...

White Tailed Eagle. All three images are of the same bird.This bird is in it's third calender year, or second plumage. Note the moulting primaries, dark head, dark bill, whitish underbelly and the ragged appearance of the retrices. Note P8 growing out, as well as new inner P2 and P3 also new. Outer primaries, P9 and P10 are retained juvenile feathers. Secondary moult can also be clearly seen in the bottom image...

A day trip to Hjälstaviken today with Adrian Rooney, who was visiting from Ireland. Adrian was interested principally in raptors, which led me to visiting Hjälsta. We had no sooner stepped off the bus and two White Tailed Eagles and an Osprey were in view over the reserve! A short while later a female Marsh Harrier floated past, closely followed by a male. Ten the expected haul of birds of prey was complete as a Hobby tore past, hawking insects over the reeds. Many of these birds were seen throughout the day and it was difficult to say how many Osprey and White Tailed Eagle were seen, though at least five Eagles were told apart on age anf plumage.
 A couple of nice summer plumaged spotted Redshank were very nice, with many Wood Sandpipers also noted, at least 60. A hand ful of Green Sandpiper, Greenshank and Redhank were also around, whilst a single Black Tern and Little Gull were feeding over the open water on the lake. There were nice views of Bearded Tit, though brief. A male bird was feeding young at the nest and this was roughly located. a Savi's Warbler reeled from the reeds, a long staying bird, whilst many Sedge and Reed Warblers were seen, busy feeding young. Crane were plentiful, several flocks flying into the wetland.

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