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
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

Thursday, July 27, 2006

27th July 2006; Tyreso Nyfors

Up Early today, heat severe by 9am all the same. Birding slow,1 Black Woodpecker, 5 Green Woodpecker, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Crested Tit, juv. Goshawk, Red Backed Shrike and a calling Hazel Grouse frustratingly not seen...
Butterflies everywhere! Managed to get a few shots of them at least!

Photos; Nyfors Stream, Camberwell Beauty and Red Backed Shrike.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sandemar; 26th July 2006

Spent four hours on the reserve today. Heatwave continues and is making digiscoping very difficult in the afternoon, a lot of heat haze making long range shots almost impossible.
Birds noted included a cracking summer plumaged Spotted Redshank, Temminck's Stint, 11 Wood Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Greenshank. Brief views had of a particularily large adult female Goshawk.
Other birds included 14 Red Backed Shrike, with two set of fledged juveniles in evidence and a couple of tree pipits. Black Woodpecker calling distantly.

Photos; Red Backed Shrike (adult male and juvenile)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

19th July; Djurgarden

Couple of hours around Djurgarden today, quiet day. Two Wood Sandpipers the only birds of note.

Photos; Mute Swan Cygnet, juv., Coot, fuscus Lesser Black Backed Gull, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck female, Wood Sandpiper.

Monday, July 17, 2006

17th July 2006; Norra Jarvafältet

In the middle of a heatwave here in Stockholm, bird activity is low in the sun. A quiet day out really. Managed nice views of a Black-Throated Diver family, two young fledged and feeding with the adults on the lake. Redstarts, Pied Flycatcher, calling Hawfinch the best of the rest. A loud party of Jays provided me with a chance to grab a few reasonable shots!

Photos; Norra Jarvafältet, adult Black-Throated Diver, Jay; Brimstone Butterfly.

Friday, July 07, 2006

6th july 2006; Angarn

Cracking ,but brief views of White Tailed Eagle, 3rd Cal. year bird. Female Honey Buzzard also notable. 25 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 1 Temmincks Stint, 4 Ruff and 2 Greenshank present as well as Marsh Harriers which breed here.

Photos; Angarn, Whinchat, Meadow Pipit

Sunday, July 02, 2006

28th June 2006, Sandemar Reserve.

Sandemar Reserve.
Back for the Rosefinches, managed a few images this time. Five males holding territory there. Brief views of Marsh Warbler today. Spotted Flycatcher, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Icterine Warbler, Mistle Thrush and Green Woodpecker the best of the rest.

Photos; Common Rosefinch, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Whinchat, Red Backed Shrike.

13th June 2006, Fatburen.

Photo; Great Spotted Woodpecker juv. calling from nest hole.

Good views of Osprey pair again at Tyreso Slott. Singing Icterine Warbler also present there. Thrush Nightingale, Willow Tit, Green Woodpecker and calling Crossbill.

24th May 2006, Sandemar Reserve.

Sandemar Reserve.
Photos; Caspian Terns, Yellowhammer, Thrush Nightingale.

Several Rosefinch in the area, frustratingly dissapeared every time I pointed the camera at one! Will be back for that one!
Waders starting to show. Male Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and Spotted Redshank all present. Black Woodpecker seen in flight, also one adult White Tailed Sea Eagle.

22nd May 2006, Angarn.

Photos; Whinchat female and male, Lapwing, Yellow Wagtail.

21st May 2006, Tyreso Nyfors.

Tyreso Nyfors.
Photos; Black Throated Diver,Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher.

A good day, Black Throated Diver a truly beautiful bird. Stunning views of a single bird, took almost 50 images as it fed in front of me in open water. Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Wood Warbler all in numbers in the forest. Spent evening searching for Capercaillie and Pygmy Owl withut success.