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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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Great White Egrets; Ågesta; 10th April 2014

Jack Snipe

News that 2 Great White Egret were present at Ågesta saw me change venue from sandemar and backtrack to get to the reserve. on arrival it took some time to locate the birds, which were roosting in the reeds at the far north of the lake around a kilometre away. Scope views were sufficiently good even at this range and I was grateful of this swedish tick. Other birds included an Osprey over the lake and a good flock of Teal. I decided to check Pumphusangen carefully and after picking out several Green Sandpipers and quite a few Common Snipe my scope finally rested on a real prize, a Jack Snipe on the ground. The bird was close enough to allow me to get a decent didgiscoped image, which I was very happy to get, this being such an elusive species. The views through the scope were nothing short of stunning and I was able to show the bird to a couple of visiting birders who were delighted, it was a lifer for them. I sketched the bird for a while before moving back to the main lake, just in time to see the egrets dropping into the reedbeds at the southwest corner of the lake. Here i had excellent views through the scope, though the birds were in redd cover and it proved almost impossible to get a decent shot.

Great White Egret

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