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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Slavonian Grebes; Marsta; 21st April 2014

Nest building
The birds were unconcerned with my presence and totally preoccupied with sorting out nesting sites...
Above and below; Stunning in summer plumage...
Right in front of the lens in glorious light...
Threat Posture; Adopted just before launching a physical attack on a rival pair..
A nice head on view...

A typical pose, often portrayed...

One of four pairs present at the site...

This pair had not yet secured a nest site and were repeatedly trying to oust a pair which had occupied a prime nest site. Attacks were very violent and carried out repeatedly...
On the top lake a single bird was unpaired and seemingly content, possibly waiting for the return of it's mate...
These birds have such a wide variety of poses and the ability to change shape constantly, one of the reasons they are easily watched for long periods. A fascinating day today...

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