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, May 25, 2007

Black Woodpecker, Tyresta NP; 25th May 2007

The first large clearing I came to just after dawn this morning at Tyresta National Park was bustling with birds. Held back for a while before emerging from the trees and just managed to pick out this resting Black Woodpecker on a tree trunk before I got too close and spooked her. A female bird, she preened and rested before moving on after ten minutes in my field of view. These birds always thrill me when they appear, never easy to see, especially if you are looking for them! Still waiting to get a good photo of a male bird....
videograb below...

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