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

Sandhamn; 27th September 2006

Once again it was out to the archipelago in search of migrants, though today was a bit of a disapointment. Good numbers of Goldcrests and Song Thrush, as well as non migrant Crested Tits(which avoided the camera yet again).
Highlight was a small skein of 9 Pink Footed Geese to the north of the island coming in over the sea, apparently a good record for the area. Also had low numbers of Redwing, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Siskin and Redpoll. A single Spoted Flycatcher graces the islands cemetary. A Tree Pipit flew over calling.

Photos; Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Sandhamn, 3rd cal. year Herring Gull(scandinavian race), Great Tit, Treecreeper, Eider female sketch.

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