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, September 08, 2015

Red Throated Pipits at Sandemar; 7th September 2015

 Always nice to see Red-backed Shrike, no matter where you are...

Arrived at Sandemar just before dawn and sat and waited for the sun to rise. My attention was initially given to a pair of Roe Deer that were feeding a couple of hundred metres away. As the sun rose they remained in the open and I was happy to get a few images and shoot some video as the light improved. Roe Deer are abundant here in Sweden, often seen in the early morning and evening. They are very nice animals to watch all the same and it was a nice way to begin the day...


 Roe deer buck at dawn..



 Roe Deer, an attendent doe...



 Very much aware of my presence...

As the sun had risen I decided to position myself in the reserves observation tower, which I had to myself. A careful scan of the shoreline revealed 9 Ruff, a single Golden Plover, Lapwing, plenty of Teal and a few Hooded Crow. White Wagtail were everywhere and I checked through these carefuly before watching the skies. Wood pigeon and Swallows were moving south, along with a single Tree Pipit. After a while I heard the unmistakable high call of a Red throated Pipit, the bird I had hoped for on the day. Early September is the time to see these birds on passage. I watched as two birds approaches. one was a Meadow Pipit and the other my target species. Both were calling constantly as they approached and to my delight, landed in a tree. Despite a range of around 100 metres, I managed some very decent record shots and had fantastic scope views of the bird. I was well chuffed at this point!
 Red Throated Pipit



 Red Throated Pipit



 Rep Throated Pipit



 Red Throated Pipit taking off



 Direct comparison between Meadow Pipit(at the top) and Red Throated Pipit(at the bottom)

I continued to scan and was scoping the wagtails at the far side of the canal when I picked up a second Red throated Pipit, As I watched it at range a third bird appeared in my scope! Onwards then to try and get closer, leaving the tower I made my way to Hoggarn and out on to the wet meadows. After a short time I located the birds on call, though they were impossible to find on the deck visually. I had some decent flight views as the birds moved around, eventually treated to nice scope views of a secong bird which also landed in a tree. The views were superb and I enjoyed them enormously.


 A different Red throated Pipit here, record shots managed of two out of three birds...

After this I spent a few hours wandering around. A Red backed Shrike juvenile was enjoyed, as was a Migrant Hawker, a dragonfly species. Common species included Yellowhammer, ChiffChaff, Chaffinch. Skylark, Common Buzzard. Try as i might, I just couldn't dig out a Bluethroat. Never mind, a great morning, thoroughly enjoyed..


 Yellowhammer, a young male bird...



Yellowhammer, an adult male checking me out.

Video of this morning here...





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