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

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

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