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, April 25, 2007

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great stuff Alan, as ever. I'd love to see the northern race of LTT like yours. We get them occasionally in winter, but I've not connected with one yet.
cheers, Ken