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

Möya; May 4th-6th 2007

Möya is very different in chatacter to Landsort. It is larger at 25 km2 and is heavily wooded. A total of 73 species were seen here over three days and birding was difficult at times. Best birds on May 5th included 2 White-tailed Eagle, 2 buzzard, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Redwing, 1 Tree Pipit, 3 Waxwing, 1 Whinchat, 4 Parrot Crossbill, 3 Goldeneye, and 25 Song Thrush.
May 6th turned up similar birds. 4 Crane flew north calling, always a great spectacle. A flock of 45 Common Crossbill were located at the lake to the north. Black-throated Diver were also at the lake and were calling in the evening, a wonderfully evocative sound... 3 White-tailed Eagle quartered the skies over the lake whilst this was going on to add to the spectacle. Wryneck seen in the morning apparently enjoying the warmth of the morning, it gave great views as it did so. Green Woodpecker was the last bird of the day...

Photos; Wryneck Sketch, Moya Landscapes, Pine cone in lichens, Redwing Sketch, Song Thrush, white Wagtail.

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