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

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


Hornet said...

Two football pitches - now that is a small patch! Sounds an amazing spot, and you've got some nice photos again. Keep up the good work.

alan dalton said...

Will try my best Hornet...
Truly was a lovely spot.