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 2nd 2007

Another dawn start seawatching, though it was rather cold due to a stiff wind. Good numbers noted between 05.15 and 07.15. Totals as follows;
476 Long-tailed Duck, 174 Velvet Scoter, 12 Tree Pipit, 138 Common Scoter, 6 Black Guillemot, 18 Red- necked Grebe, 8 Red-throated Diver, 14 Razorbill, 16 Greylag Gosse, 7 Black-throated Diver, 3 Wigeon, 2 Arctic Skua and 14 Red-breasted Merganser.
A female Merlin came in off the sea in the first hour and sent the local white Wagtails in to a frenzy, alerting me to it's presence. Later in the evening a simularscenario led to me seeing a lovely female Hen Harrier coming in low over the water, presumably it had spent the afternoon crossing the Baltic Sea. Really great to see these birds actively migrating.
A trip to the north end of the island led to superb views of a male Hobby as it coursed over my head feeding on crane flies for 15 minutes. Male Pied Flycatcher, Whinchats and several Redstarts were added bonuses.
Photos: Willow Warbler, Eiders, Eider Sketch and Pansies.

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