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

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Djurgarden: 13th March 2007

After returning from Angarn I nipped down to Djurgarden from Central Station to photograph the Goldeneye and Tufted Duck that I had noticed there two days ago when I was without the digiscoping gear. Birds were still there and cooperative, the light was fantastic and I got some good results. Nice way to end the day, relaxing in the sun whilst putting the camera through its paces.

Angarn; 13th March 2007

Best bird today at Angarn Reserve were 4 Woodlark, one of which was in full song all afternoon. They proved elusive and hard to approach on the deck, but managed a record shot all the same, my first photo of the species, the song is quite stunning,
Also noted were 17 Bean Geese of the taiga race.(fabalis) Willow Tit, 2 Crested Tit, 45 Skylark, Common Buzzard and Stock Dove were the other highlights of a very enjoyable excursion.
Photos; Woodlark, Greenfinch, Black Headed Gull, Grey Heron, House Sparrow and Bean Geese.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Tyresta Slott; 11th March 2007

Pretty quiet day, though first really warm day of the spring and thaw is quickening. Best bird was a displaying male Black Woodpecker, calling and flying high over the area. Goosander, Goldeneye, Goshawk and a host of common passerines also noted.
Photo; Nuthatch

New Paintings

Have recently completed the two paintings, both in acrylic on canvas.

Evening Light; Juvenile Eider -60cmx45cm
Winter Blackbird -40cmx40cm

Both paintings are for sale.
Enquiries to

Monday, March 05, 2007

Capercaillie; Fullbromalm; 5th March 2007

News that a male Capercaillie was present at this site saw me make the trip south today. I was slightly tentative as I approached the site as I had been warned this bird had a reputation for being particularily aggressive and has no fear of humans.
I located this impressive bird almost immediately as it paraded alonside the road in full view. It proceeded to feed for a while, then did a short display and then began approaching birders! The bird persisted with this for ten minutes before strolling off int the woods and feeding as it went. It then returned and began to display. Astoundingly, it then furiously attacked a passing car, which I am told it does on regular occasion, before resuming feeding and wandering off into the forest.
This was the first male Capercaillie I have seen and was quite an experience, a fantastic beast! It seems as though this individual may be a loner and is not in an area one might associate with the species.It may have moved to the area from Tyresta National Park to the north. Occasional individual males of this species display aggressive, fearless behaviour during lekking season. In any event, this encounter will live long in my memory...
Other birds were noted including a Black Woodpecker, 2 Common Crossbill, 4 Willow Tit, 8 Crested Tit and Raven.
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