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

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Brent Geese; Bull Island; Dublin.

Brent Geese are remarkably tame in Dublin. These are wild Brent of the pale bellied form which winter in Ireland before leaving to breed in the wild expanses of Greenland during the summer season. In recent years these birds have adapted rapidly and are now flying short distances inland to feed on the short cropped grass found on the many parks and football pitches close to the coast. Bull Island is probably the best place on the east coast to see these remarkably confiding birds. The top picture depicts a young bird in its first winter, identifed by the pale barring on its back. The adult bird, pictured below, is plainer on the back. Bottom picture of an adult and juvenile behind, family party's stay together in their first winter.