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, August 24, 2006

Angarn; 23rd August 2006

Some more photos from a productive day out with the camera, the 20x Wide Angle Lens is proving an excellent investment and my images have improved dramatically.
Angarn is looking really well following the heatwav and recent heavy rainfall. A lot of wildlife here today, a really rich marsh for all manner of animals...

Photos; Great Spotted Woodpecker juv. and Marsh Harrier juv.

Angarn; 23rd August 2006

Hobby, White Tailed Eagle, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk, Cranes, Willow Tit, Crested Tit, Tree Pipit, Water Rail, Garganey and a host of commoner species insured a great day out.

Photos; Willow Warbler juv, Black Darter, Jackdaw, Common Frog, Common Toad.

Wheatear; Angarn; 23rd August 2006

Sometimes you come across a superstar, a bird that does not fly away, but instead performs perfectly for the camera. Came across this juvenile Northern Wheatear today at Angarn and it did just that in beautiful light, I have a hundred shots of this guy!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hälögern; 19th August 2006

Left early today to return to Stockholm. Have really enjoyed the islands microcosmic life, would be so nice to spend september at a place like this..
Species seen over the few days included Black Throated Diver, Grey heron, Wood Sandpiper, Redshank, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Curlew, Goosander, Woodcock, Red Breasted Merganser, Velvet Scoter, Eider, Common gull, Black Headed Gull, Great Black and Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Common Tern, Caspian tern, Hobby, Goshawk, Osprey, Common Buzzard, White tailed Eagle, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Siskin, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Redpoll, Brambling, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, and Yellowhammer.
Not a lot of species, but very memorable to see many of these birds on their breeding grounds...

Photos; Common Terns

Hällögern; 18th August 2006

4 White Tailed Eagle high overhead the highlight of the day, 2 adults with a brace of juveniles. Wind moved to the southwest and heavy Passage of Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail overhead in the morning, birds calling constantly as they flew south. Brambling, Siskin and Redpoll also heard high above.
Photos; White Tailed Eagles, Pied Wagtails and Wood Sandpiper

Hälögern; 17th August 2006

2 Hobby Juv. again today, 1 Goshawk Juv., Spotted Redshank Juv., 5 Wood Sandpiper, 3 Curlew.
Photos; Common Terns and juv. Black Headed Gull.

Hällögern; 16th August 2006

Best birds today Hobby, 2 Juv and a single adult high above practicing aerial skills, breathtaking sight! 4 Wood Sandpiper, 4 Greenshank, Grey heron and both Goosander and Red Breasted Merganser with broods. Wind again from the north and weather fine halting any passage...
Photos; juv. Common Tern, Adult Common Tern, Flower Sp., Goosander and brood, Velvet Scoter female

Hällögern; 15th August 2006

Travelled to the north to visit a small island, Hällögern, which is a tiny island on the baltic coast north of Umeå, here in Sweden. A beautiful spot, only about the size of two football pitches! Birded quite a bit over the next three days and got some nice images, though the birdlife here is very wary of humans and are hard to approach.
Nice adult Hobby the best today, Velvet scoters, 3 females with young, 1 Osprey and a Woodcock.
Photos; Herring Gull, Common Gull, Great Black Backed Gull juv., Velvet Scoter female and chick, Common Tern

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sandemar Reserve; 10th August 2006

Three hours in the evening spent on the reserve in fading light. Red Backed Shrikes seem to be everywhere at the moment due to broods dispersing all over the place and they were the most noticeable bird today. Quite wary birds even when juvenile, male seemed more confiding, perhaps due to his role to oversee his young. Tree Pipits, Yellowhammers and goldfinch also very much in evidence today.
White Tailed Eagle the best bird, a second calendar year bird which passed quickly overhead.
Wood sandpiper numerous, but otherwise waders absent. Whinchats seem to have moved away from the reserve.
First day with the 20x Wide Angle eyepiece on the scope and it seems it will improve the quality of my images quite a bit, especially in the rendition of colour and fine detail.

Photos; Whitethroat Sketches(juv), Red Backed Shrike(male and juveniles), Yellowhammer and Sandemar.

Videograb of Red Backed Shrike at the link below...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kungsängen; 8th August 2006

Lake Malaren lies to the west of Stockholm city and is a vast waterway. It is rich, with excellent stocks of coarse and game fish and offers a huge area of open water and reedbeds. Bittern, Spotted Crake, Bearded Tit, Hobby, Osprey, White Tailed Eagle and Honey Buzzard are among a host of species that can be seen in this huge area.
Had a walk around Kunsängen, nice views of three Osprey over the lake. Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Icterine Warbler and Caspian Tern also noted.

Photo; Common Gull

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Djurgarden; 3rd August 2006

Spent a couple of hours in the evening around Isbladkärret on Djurgarden. Both Green and Wood Sandpiper present. Wigeon, Gadwall, Little Grebe and Grey Heron all present in numbers.
Great site for digiscoping, birds used to people here! Would be nice to find a rarity here, so close to the city...

Photos; Tufted Duck pulli, Tufted Duck female, Little Grebe, Cormarant, Wigeon male, Wigeon female, Gadwall pair, Green Sandpiper, Isbladkärret, Mallards.