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; May 1st 2007

Up at 0430 to a superb sunrise to the east as I made my way to the seawatching point at the lighthouse. Tree pipits were calling overhead as they migrated north while the sun climbed over the sea and allowed enough light for seawatching. Eiders were pouring past by the hundred as I scanned through them for other species. The next three hours were memorable for many reasons, the first being a summer plumaged White-billed Diver flying passed the tip and 06.40, a lifer for me and a species I had held out a little hope of seeing this week. It didn't dissapoint me, a cracking bird while thrilled me as it made its way northeast. a short while later an owl was picked up over the sea a kilometre out making its way steadily towards the island. I followed it in an identified it as a Long-eared Owl as it flew past me at two metres range and astounded me by landing on the rocks beside me and a swedish birder, utterly exhausted.
In addition the following was also noted; 206 Velvet Scoter, 219 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Black Guillemot, 32 Razorbill, 8 Arctic Skua, 19 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated Diver, 4 Black-throated Diver, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Redshank, 1 Gillemot, 37 Whimbrel, 1 Curlew, 35 Greylag Goose.
Passerines noted during the day included Redstarts, 1 Waxwing, Whinchats, 8 Wheatear, Willow warbler, Goldcrests and ChiffChaff. A Wryneck was a nice bird to come across feeding on ants on a large flat rock.

Photos; Oystercatcher, Dawn Photo, Whinchat colour sketch, Wheatear.

1 comment:

Raúl Vicente said...

That was truly an amazing day, with the white billed loon and all. I'm the "swedish" birdwatcher that talks on the long-eared owl video. I like your sketchings, drawings and paintings. You should check my blog once in a while, although I have only posted one picture so far.
Have a nice Easter.