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

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Northern Goshawk, Adult Male, Lötsjön, 17th November 2014



Adult male Northern Goshawk at Lötsjön, a stunning view of an amazing bird...


Whilst standing watching a mixed group of Crossbills, I was just preparing my camera in order to digiscope the Two-barred Crossbills among them when there was an almighty crash as a Goshawk appeared out of nowhere, sending Larch cones and Crossbills in all directions. The bird missed it's taget and retired to a nearby tree, where it sat for some time resting, much to my delight. It allowed me to finally get some video of a species I have long wanted to film. The bird is an adult male, a local breeder that has been present at the site for some years. i have seen and even photographed this guy before, though todays encounter was just a little bit special...


Video here, click on settings in oder to see the video in high resolution...


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