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

Friday, April 27, 2007

Landsort; 27th April 2007

All things considered a really enjoyable day at Landsort. The weather was great, though bad for migrants, blue skies and constant sun. Arrived early after a long journey and had a cracking male Redstart straight away, a stunning bird. It flipped over a rock and disappeared, I figured I would see a few more, but alas it proved to be the only one of the day. I pressed on and logged several Wheatear, such a typical early migrant and I love to see them at this time of the year. Moved on and decided to watch the sea for an hour. The list was as follows; 15 Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Common Scoter, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Razorbill, 23 Cormorant, 17 Common Tern, 4 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 29 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Black Guillemot, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Goosander, 200 Eider, 1 Redshank. Not a bad way to spend an hour in hindsight!

Moved on over the island during the afternoon, really was rather quiet, though it is still just a little early at these latitudes. Other birds included 2 male Whinchat, 12 Tree Pipit, 3 ChiffChaff, 1 Blackcap, 1 Waxwing, 50 Robin, 11 Swallow, 3 Goldcrest and a host of common species. 6 Crane were a wonderful sight as they flew vocally over the island. Best of all though was a stunningly pristine male Marsh Harrier flying over in late afternoon.

Rest of the day spent sketching Wheatear, Goldcrest and Eider in the sunshine before catching the ferry. Will be back very soo to savour, hopefully, some good spring birds.

Photos; Wheatears, Goldcrest, Eider and Beetle Sp.(Lygaeus Equestris)

Link to videograb of male Wheatear;

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mute Swan, Sandemar Reserve, 25th April 2007

Probably the most photographed bird in Europe, Mute swan. This bird was very confiding and the light being so good I could not resist taking a few shots. Such a photogenic bird, they offer endless poses and possibilities for the camera. I left the bird after ten minutes as it fell asleep in front of me.

Sandemar Reserve; 25th April 2007

Spring moving into gear rapidly now and the first summer migrants are now filtering through. Best bird, a rarity in Stockholm, was a summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwit feeding on the ploughed fields, distant and unapproachable. Other waders included Lapwings, Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Snipe and a lone Greenshank. Osprey and a White Tailed Sea Eagle were the only raptors seen. Blackcap, Tree Pipit, Willow Warbler also noted. Tufted Duck, Goosander, Goldeneye and Great Crested Grebe all making preparations for breeding. Two Black Woodpecker heard calling in the area.
Photos; Goosander female, Common Toad, Long Tailed Tit, Blackcap, Flower Sp.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Ring Ouzel; Årstafältet; 20th April 2007

This cracking male Ring Ouzel was seen this morning at Årstafältet. The bird is present for its third day today, though it was difficult to locate this morning due to a strong, cold northwest wind. I eventually found it feeding in the shelter of a raised bank.
A fairly shy bird, it was wary and would not allow close approach. This ais a summer migrant and breeds in mountainous habitat, however it can be seen in spring and autumn on pasage while migrating. A scarce bird at the best of times and always very nice to see one.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Angarn; 16th April 2007

Finally made time to take a day out and decided on Angarn. Arrived early to glorious weather which persisted all day. The wetland is buzzing with life at the moment as the early species ready themselves for the breeding season by setting up territories

Best bird today was a Rough-legged Buzzard seen on two occasions during the day as it hunted over the entire area, Other birds noted included 4 Whooper Swan,1 2nd calender White-fronted Goose, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, 8 Shoveler, Teal, 4 Crane, 5 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Lapwing, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Green Woodpecker, Skylark, 1 male Wheatear, Willow tit, Marsh Tit, 6 Linnet and a host of common species.

Grass Snake, Common Lizard, Common Toad and Common Frog also noted.

Photos; Greylag Geese, Lapwing, Starling, Rough-legged Buzzard, Pied Wagtail, Common Lizard, Flower Sp. Hepatica Nobilus(Liverleaf)