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 14, 2006

Årstafältet; 14th Sept 2006

Got up early before work and tried the area again for Bluethroat. Got some nice photo's of Goldfinches and Tree Sparrows in the sunflower plantation, before I turned to notice a strong flying passerine come in over the flowerbeds. It landed on a large sunflower and immediatly cocked its tail! I enjoyed my first Bluethroat, an immature male, in the scope for ten seconds in fantastic light before it dropped into the undergrowth and dissapeared.
Delighted with myself, I eventually gave up hope of a photo and made my way back slowly towards the tram, only to pick up another flighty juv. on the way! Wrapped the day off with some Wheatears, Meadow pipits, Chiffchaff and Greenfinches.

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