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

Monday, September 18, 2006

Black Woodpecker, 16th September 2006; Sandemar

Black woodpecker once held almost mythical value to me as a youngster. I saw my first, a male, in southern Sweden, in 1991. I was ecstatic at the time. I clearly remember that bird to this day, perched on a telegraph pole in the woods watching me. I have since seen them many times in Poland, Hungary, Belarus and here in Sweden. They still hold a special charm for me and seem to have great presence about them.
This is a bird that has frustratingly avoided my camera lens for some time. Was alerted to this bird, a female, as she flew over my head calling. She continued to be very vocal when she landed and I was able to locate her fairly easily, though she was very aware of my presence and tolerated me only as long as I stayed 50 metres or so away. She eventually settled and started to feed and allowed me to take these images of her. A wonderful bird...

Video grab available on the link below...

1 comment:

Clive Nutton said...

Thanks for sharing these shots, Alan. Just spent a summer holiday in Denmark and Sweden and enjoyed it very much.

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