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 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;

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