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!

1 comment:

Stewart. said...

Nice blog Alan, you get some great birds. I had my first Ural Owls in Slovakia in May this year and managed to digiscope one of them. What a bird.