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

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Black-throated Divers; Tyresta National Park; 7th May 2015

 Black-throated Diver in summer, just about as good as it gets in my opinion. My best digiscoped shot from this morning...


 Above and below; The second bird looked a little smaller and sleeker, it also kept a little further back. Remarkably serpentine birds, perfectly appraised to life in the water...



Having spent several hours checking put the National Park from early in the morning I was most disappointed and suprised not to come across any Black-Throated Diver's on either Lake Flaten or Stensjön. These are both regular breeding sites for this species and I had never had any difficulty finding birds at either site in May before today. I was therefore thinking my luck was out and it wasn't until I got to Fatburen that my luck change. I was stopped in my tracks there by a Grey Heron that had somehow managed to catch a Tench and was trying to deal with this large fish. As I watched the Heron gave up, possibly because it was wary of my sudden appearance. All of a sudden. as if out of nowhere, a pair of Black-throated Diver appeared in the margins, ghosting up from under the water. The birds spent ten minutes fishing the area before leaving the bay, allowing a few half decent digiscopes to be taken. Quite simply put, these birds are stunning in summer garb. One of my favourite species and I will never tire of seeing them...

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