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, September 28, 2006

Robin; Sandhamn; 27th September 2006

Being from Ireland I am well used to Robins, they almost seem to be the commonest bird there at times and are so tame, that they will literally eat out of your hand with a little perseverance.
I had heard that continental robins were more retiring, shy birds. They are in fact quite a common bird here in Sweden. Though they are for the most part absent here in winter, as they leave for warmer places further south, they are abundant and vocal when they return in spring and remain that way until they depart in the late autumn.
It amazes me how hard they are to approach here. I have had a much easier time obtaining images of Thrush Nightingale! I initially didn't really mind, after all they are so common, but after a while it started to annoy me and I began to try and get an image. I have sat motionless for up to an hour, staked out several known singing posts and stalked countless individuals this summer!
Finally its a 1st year passage bird that obliged, which is kind of cheating I know, but still, finally getting these pictures gave me an inordinate amount of pleasure, common though the subject may be...

1 comment:

Tsimoulis Odysseas said...

Very nice pics!

The first robin I could see here in Thessaloniki, North Greece , was today!

They are the whole winter here!