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

Monday, January 08, 2007

Mealy Redpolls; Landsort; 8th January 2007

Superb day spent on Landsort today studying Redpolls. Mixed flock of 220 birds, almost all Mealys, did manage to see at least 3 Arctic Redpolls and a minimum of 9 Lesser Redpolls as well! Incredibly rewarding day, there is amazing variation among these birds and several birds remained impossible to identify in the field...
Was so nice to have cooperative birds feeding close at hand at the feeding station at the bird observatory which allowed me to get almost 200 images...

All Photos of Mealy Redpoll.

Videograb of Mealy Redpoll at link below;