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

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sandemar; 16th October 2006

A quiet day on the reserve. Winter is closing in quickly and the summer species are less evident everyday now this far north.
Best was a juv. Marsh Harrier, unfortunatly this bird had a badly damaged leg. A few migrants about, mainly Siskins and Goldcrest. A few Skylark also noted.
Wildfowl returning. Whooper Swans, Goldeneye, Coot and Tufted Duck all increasing.

Photos; Bracket Fungus and Whooper Swan

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