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

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sandemar, 25th May 2014

Marsh Warbler, a record shot of a singing male which was largely obscured by reed...


Red backed Shrike, one of four birds noted, with one pair now nest building....


 
Common Rosefinch, a dull 2nd calender male in song....

A very nice morning out at the site. I was accompanied by Rob Roberts for the morning who was looking for Icterine Warbler and Common Rosefinch and they would not dissapoint. On arrival there was a cacophony of birdsong. Red backed Shrikes were instantly on view, a familiar pair to me by now, at Pottan. Moving on we had to try and drown out the numerous singing Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Robin, Wren and others in order to pick out the better birds. Thrush Nightingales were belting out their song from the thickets, whilst soon we were onto our first Icterine Warbler of the day, though it didnt show and we moved on. A short time later and we were enjoying good views of Marsh Warbler, which was very welcome. I got some decent record shots and video of this amazing songster before a distant Common Rosefinch sounded and we went after the bird. It was quickly located, though proved to be a second calender male rather than an adult, still it was a tick for Rob. On the way over we had a couple more Icterine Warblers, one of which gave good views through the scope, so mission was accomplished as regards the two target species. A little later we doubled back after a calling Corn Crake, missing it and then came acroos a second bird at the horse track! Other highlights would include a pair of Caspian Tern, Temmincks Stint, 2 Cuckoo, 4 White tailed Eagle and no less than 8 Icterine Warbler. Throughout the morning we had excelent views of several species, before the sweltering heat saw us heading off at noon.

click on the link below to see record footage of singing Marsh Warbler...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhnSB2He61M&list=UUUWm0gG93nKzlG2XotE1F3A

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