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.