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

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tyresö Slott; 31st January 2007

Up early today to go and see a Kingfisher at Tyresö Slott. The bird was very elusive and it took me over two hours to get a brief but decent view of the bird before it flew off upstream with no intent to reappear! Quite a scarce species this far north and was a new swedish bird for me.
Other birds noted included Black Woodpecker calling in the distance, Green Woodpecker calling, 8 Tree Sparrow, Mealy Redpoll, Goldfinch, Siskin and a host of commoner species.
Photos; Mallard Pair, Tree Sparrow, Tyresö Castle, Tyresö Slott.