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, January 06, 2020

Black-throated Thrush; Akalla; 6th January 2020







Out early to look for a Black-throated Thrush at Akalla, Stockholm. The bird was found yesterday by observer's watching Pine Grosbeak. Given the large amounts of thrush around the Stockholm area, it is perhaps not unexpected that this species would be found this winter around the city. The bird proved a bit of a nightmare to pin down, roving over the area with the local thrush flocks, mainly Fieldfare and a few Redwing. It took some time before it appeared, though the views were brief. Judging by the heavily streaked flanks and the appearance of the greater covert's, I judged it most likely a first winter female. It initially gave excellent scope views before it flew off to the northwest, though it appeared again twice over the next three hours. This is the third time I have connected with this rare eastern vagrant here in Sweden and it was a nice way to begin 2020.







In addition to the Black-throated Thrush there was the added bonus of 38 Pine Grosbeak feeding on the fruit trees in the area, which certainly helped to pass a few hours whilst awaiting the thrushes reappearance. Also nice to get this species on the yearlist early in the year. The light was poor today, so a few rather dull digiscoped images here of a few of these birds.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Pine Grosbeaks; Video Footage




Finally got the footage I was hoping for of these wonderful birds today, after several visits to two sites. The brighter conditions this morning, coupled with three birds performing at close range meant I was able to get soe fantastic footage to document this winters invasion onf this northern nomad...

Pine Grosbeak; Gubbängen; 28th December 2019


























































Another day of stunning birding. With much improved light this morning I made the decision to return to Gubbängen in oder ti pgotograph Pine Grosbeak, this time with the DSLR. Inititially, the birds were playing hard to get. A flock of 11 birds appeared after 30 minutes in the treetops nearbby, though they semed cervous. Eventually they settled on the lower berry trees, but spooked almost immediately when a young Goshawk went overhead. The birds did not reappear for some time, when three were found in a quiet corner feeding quietly on fruit. They put up an incredible show and remained there for an hour, during which time I got some stunning images. The light had been poor until today, and though there was no direct sunshine it was a lot brighter than it has been, allowing the images above to finally be captured. 

Friday, December 27, 2019

Pine Grosbeak; Gubbängen; 27th December 2019







Above; Close up video footage of Pine Grosbeaks from this morning. 
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A stunning day with Pine Grosbeaks at Gubbängen. Despite pretty poor light, the birds showed so well it would of been difficult not to get some fantastic images and I enjoyed digiscoping the birds as they fed at ridicuously close range. The birds were feeding in low berry trees at the local sports complex, completely oblivious to passing people. In all, there were at least 19 birds present and they put on an unforgetable show. It was an absolute pleasure to see these wonderful birds so well.
 It seems that these birds are now pushing into the suburbs around Stockholm City in their search for food. This is leading to increasingly higher numbers and birds appearing at urban sites where close views are possible. Today was truly unforgetable. If the sun should appear this week, I will certainly return to get more images in better light...