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

Monday, July 13, 2015

Birding on Hällogern; Västerbotten; June 2015




Fully edited video taken over a week on the island of Hällogern. Ultra HD Footage.

This year the trip to Hällogern was rather earlier than usual and it was my first visit in mid June. Not surprisingly, it was breeding birds that featured and there were very few other species passing at this time of the year. Common Gulls were very much a feature, as were Arctic and Common Terns. More interesting breeding birds included Kestrel, Velvet Scoter, Red Breasted Merganser, Goldcrest and Common Sanpiper, all of which were found breeding during the week. Interesting birds were few, though some nice waders were seen, the best being three breeding plumed Male Ruff, several Spotted Redshank and some nice Curlew. Red throated Diver were breeding nearby, as were Black throated Diver, both species were viewed just offshore in the early morning and evenings. Common Crane were also close by on the mainland. Small birds were rather scarce, though other good birds included regular Little Gulls around the island, all proving to be breeding plumaged adults. Three Scaup, two males and an adult female, were recorded. This is not the first time I have seen the species in the area,  the species has bred either on the island or close by a few years back, when I saw a young brood with a female. Many Goosander, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck and other common species around..
A wonderful trip with many nice moments in the land of eternal sunshine. Wonderful sunny weather 22 hours a day this year...
















 Common Gulls and their young were all willing subjected for digiscoping over the seven days...



 Common Tern on the mainland...




 Displaying Common Gulls close by out little cabin...











 Spider Macro images...


Ultra HD video of offshore dispalying Red Breasted Mergansers...









 Velvet Scoter were a big feature, breeding on the island. First broods were already fledged...



Green Veined White, Macro image...



Timelapse videos of sunset on the island, shot in HD over two evenings. The sun remained down for just two hours!


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