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, May 08, 2007

Landsort; April 20th 2007

Arrived on the island at 1600hrs to begin a weeks birding on the Stockholm Archipelago, a wonderful area situated in the baltic east of the city. Landsort is a prime migration watchpoint and boasts a huge list of rare migrant species. The island was rather quiet and I spent the evening sketching wheatears in glorious weather and seawatching from 1700hrs to 1800 hrs. Seawatch produced the following, all flying north east past Sodra udden, the south tip of the island...

2 Arctic Skua, 49 Velvet Scoter, 6 Common Scoter, 66 Long-tailed Duck, 1 guillimot, 5 Razorbill, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Red-throated Diver, 6 Common Tern, 1 Red-breasted Merganser.
Photos; Wheatear, Wheatear Shetches, Eiders, White Wagtail, Sodra Udden lighthouse.

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