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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Monday, January 05, 2015

Water Rail; Råstasjön; 5th January 2014

Headed for Råstasjön this morning, intent on getting a few shots of Water Rail. The site is superb for the species in winter, after the freeze has occurred. On arrival, I immediately picked up a bird close by the path, feeding intently. The bird was totally unafraid and remained in the open for long periods, allowing some of my best shots of the species. It was a wonderful experience and I was dumbfounded when the bird first approached me as I was lying on the ground and began to peck at my fingers! the bird returned to do this a few times and I quickly realised that the bird is being fed by visitors and has become accustomed to receiving handouts. At least three birds were present in the area, though this one was a total star and was a great subject to test the Panasonic GH4 and Panasonic 45-175mm lens combo. The result were pretty good and I was quite happy with the stills.
Other birds at the site included Goshawk, Common Crossbill, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Siskin, Redpoll and Waxwing.

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