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

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...