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

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..

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