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

Rough-legged Buzzard; Angarn; 4th January 2007.

This immaculate raptor brought a smile to my face today.Watched it for 45 minutes through the scope as it fed over farmland to the south of the marsh, hovering and circling over the feilds before it drifted off into the distance.
The early morning was hampered by freezing cold rainy conditions and I was more than relieved when the cloud broke. A superb female Goshawk also put in an appearance. Later in the day I had brief views of what was almost certainly an Arctic Redpoll amongst a flock of its commoner brethern. Frustratingly the flock moved on too quickly for me to clinch the ID of this tricky species...