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

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

From Greenish Warbler to Erstavik, 4th June 2014

 


 Three images above are of Little Ringed Plover which I came across and managed to digiscope at Estavik, on the strand. A superb little wader and one of two seen on the day...
 
 
 This species is always welcome as far as I am concerned. One of Three Black-throated Divers that were loafing offshore at Erstavik. The GH4 proved invaluable here, without digiscoping these birds were not going to be photographed, their range being simply to great for my DSLR setup...


 


A couple more images of a very obliging Little Ringed Plover....

This was a day of unplanned good fortitude. I had originally decided to take a day out to go fishing, though this was cancelled after I heard that a Greenish Warbler had been found in central Stockholm. not a ten minute walk from my from door! Naturally, with such a good bird so close, everything was dropped and I walked down to the church grounds where the bird was reported. It was singing from high up in the canopy in some very tall Lime trees, a rather distinctive song. A small group of birders had gathered by this stage and I moved away from the group to get a different angle into the trees. After five minutes I picked the bird up moving very quickly through the mid canopy feeding and alerted the rest of the gathered birders. The bird gave good views and all the salient features could be seen quite well, including a very good wingbar on the greater coverts, prominent supercilium and silky underparts. The bird was still singing when I left, happy with myself at this swedish tick...
 I decided to stay with the birding and on the spur of the moment decided upon a trip to Tyreso Strand, a site I had not visited for some years. On arrival I made my way north along the Baltic coast, through the woods, where Tree Pipits, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and other commoner species were singing. Out on the water, a pair of Black-throated Divers were noted, much closer to the far side of the large bay. I worked my way through the woods to Erstavik, locating a lovely Little Ringed Plover along the way, which showed really well for the camera. A Common Candpiper, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and a cracking male Hobby followed these, the latter trying its luck at some Starlings on its way through at high speed. Estavik itself was a little dissapointing and I made my way northwards again along the other side of the bay were I had good views of three Black-throated Divers, though they were around 100 metres away at their closest, the GH4 proved up to the job. The birds made excellent video test subjects and I eventually sat back and enjoyed these fabulous birds through the scope. I combed the woods here too for Red Breasted flycatcher, alas no joy. Pied Flycatchers were in evidence, singing away in the woods, a couple of nest sites were located. A male Red Backed Shrike dived into a bush in front of me, Lesser Whitethroat and Wryneck were heard singing, whilst an Osprey floated past. I made my way through the nature reserve and onto the Tvarbana, a small train, which left me back in Slussen after a circuititious walk that was highly enjoyable, a fantastic day out...

 

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