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, November 27, 2006

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Norra Jarvafältet, 27th November 2006

This superb bird was seen right at the end of the day at Bogs Gård, Norra Jarvafältet. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker is a bird I have heard several times but not seen, basically a swedish bogey species for me. Have not seen one in fact since my first views ever of the species 6 years ago in Poland, where I saw a pair together. Fantastic bird, incredibly small and therefore easily over looked amongst the Great Tits in the area.
Light was fading as the sun dropped, so was glad to get the shots I did. Only fired off seven images so will not complain about the results, record shots and happy memories!

Norra Jarvafältet;27th November 2006

A good days birding today in sunny, mild conditions due to an incredibly mild November. The light was superb for photography. As well as the star bird above, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, lot's to see today. Started beside the train station with 28 Waxwings ranging around the nearby housing in search of berries. Continued on to Ravalen where there were 8 Bullfinch, all but one were male. Greenfinches and Siskins were numerous, smaller numbers of mobile Common Redpoll flying about overhead throughout the day. Great Spotted Woodpeckers also prevalent, with several birds seen. A single Black Woodpecker was heard in the forest to the west of the lake. A female Sparrowhawk, 4 Jay, 3 Wren, 75 Jackdaw, 7 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye and several Coot also noted.

Photos;Waxwing, Nuthatch, Bullfinch and Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Videograbs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers below, female feeding on telegraph pole and a male preening on tree trunk...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Sandemar Reserve; 15th November 2006

Second time at the reserve this week. Popped out a couple of days ago for a look about and realized that I had left my camera behind me in a second rucksack with my fishing lures. This is only the second time I have been birding without it since March, naturally I paid dearly. Had cracking views of three Smew, including a stonking male at fairly close range. Half an hour later my first swedish life bird since I moved here, four individuals at that, had me cursing the missing camera as I watched 4 Pine Grosbeaks, 2 ad. males and 2 females, down to 20 ft., completely oblivious to me. They could in fact, with the exception of a pair of Buff Breasted Sandpipers I co-found in Ireland many years ago, be the most approachable birds I have ever come across!! Managed to enjoy the birds immensely despite it all and spent an hour sketching them...
Today naturally there were no Grosbeaks, but I remembered the camera.. there were no smew either, naturally...

Sketches; Male Smew, (Female) Pine Grosbeak head studies, (Male) Pine Grosbeak.

Photos; Fieldfare, Nuthatch.(Taken Today)

Link to videograb of Blue Tit below..

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Waxwings; Tyreso; 8th November 2006

Delighted to wake to the news that Waxwings had arrived in my neighbourhood. 420 birds in total!! What 420 Waxwings can do to a Rowan tree has to be seen to be believed, these birds were stripping heavily laid trees of their fruit in minutes. Methodically the birds started at the top of the tree before moving dowm towards the lower branches, then moved on to the next. Am amazing sight accompanied by an equally remarkable sound as the birds "doorbell" contact call rang out.

Canon A95 Videograb of Waxwings at link below;