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

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)

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