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

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...