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

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Bull Island, Dublin, 30th December 2006

Just home from Ireland visiting family, managed a couple of short walks during the few days on Bull Island, where I cut my teeth as a youngster. Superb site for gulls, waders and wildfowl in particular and has turned up many a rarity in its time. Best of all, the birds are accustomed to human activity and allow quite a close approach as a result. Apart from a host of common species including Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Shelduck, Brent Goose, Black and Bar Tailed Godwits, Golden and Grey plover, Lapwing, Dunlin, Turnstone, Redshank, Knot, Oystercatcher and more one or two better species seen. Best were 2 adult Ring Billed Gulls present all week. Also present were adult Mediterranean Gull, 5 Little egret, Perigrine and Merlin pair.

Photos; Grey Plover at sunset, Ring Billed Gull, Shelducks; Shovelers, Bull Island at dusk.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sandemar Reserve; 19th December 2006

A very dark, cold and wet winter's day produced little, with the exception of 16 Smew at Svärdsnasviken, including several stunning male birds. Low light and distance meant I was unable to digiscope these birds, though I did manage some thumbnail sketches with the use of the zoom lens. Long Tailed Tits were elusive as regards the camera, as was a brief 2nd calender White-Tailed Sea Eagle.

Some good birds reported here over the last week, Golden Eagle on two days, Jack Snipe and Bearded Tit also...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Ural Owl; 8th December 2006; Norra Jarvafaltet

I have rarely worked so hard to see a bird, then again, it has rarely been so worthwhile seeing a bird as this was for me...

This Ural Owl was first reported first on the 22nd of November by a dogwalker. Since then it has ranged over a huge area and proved incredibly elusive for such a large bird. Finally seeing it today was something of a dream realized, a truly beautiful, impressive bird.

The bird initially gave me a stunning view as it perched on a small embankment watching me. It then moved to a more distant fence where it remained for some minutes before flying into the woods. Five minutes later it returned to give a most welcome encore on a closer fencepost before it ghosted off into the woods and dissapeared.

This is the kind of bird one could watch from dawn to dusk and I will be back in the hope of further views of this stunning creature.

Documentary videograb below...