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, September 28, 2007

Landsort;27th September 2007

Landsort Sunrise

Marsh Tit



Birding from the Ferry

Lansdort Sunrise
By Landsort's standards a very dissapointing day. I arrived at the island just after sunrise to discover it shrouded in thick mist after a low lying bank of fog had drifted in over the entire area. Frustratingly, many migrants were flying over calling unseen. Conditions made observation and photography impossible until 10.30am when it lifted, by which time passage had slowed down markedly. Light northerly winds and bright conditions meant that few migrants had made landfall and it was a really quiet day. A highlight was a strong passage of Sparrowhawk overhead with over 100 birds counted as they dashed south. Othe migrants overhead included a Parrot Crossbill, Brambling, Chaffinch, Redpoll, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, a Bullfinch, Tree Sparrow. In addition about 50 Goldcrest fed on the islands southerly tip along with Chiff Chaff's, Blackcaps's and the resident landbirds.
Plans are made to come back in October for a few days birding when I expect the birding will live up to its true potential on what is a fantastic migration watchpoint..

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Angarn; 20th September 2007

Superb day out today! Best a Red Throated Pipit that flew over calling. A Bittern showed briefly also, a very lucky encounter at this large site. A pair of Nutcracker were also most welcome, a favourite species of mine and my second encounter with them this week! 2 Goshawk, several Wheatear, 15 Common Buzzard, 5 Brambling, 2 Crested tit, Woodlark, 2 green woodpecker, 40 siskin, 16 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, 2 Blackwoodpecker, 6 mistle Thrush were also jotted down in the notebook. Got a lot of sketching done todat too, always a bonus.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Bluethroat; Årstafåltet;7th September 2007

Bluethroat is a great bird. For me growing up it was a gross rarity in Ireland. Here in Stockholm there is heavy passage for about a fortnight at this period and Årstafältet is a great place to see them in the city. Four males and a female present in the sunflower beds today, often chasing each other and perching out in the open. the female was a real star and completely gave it up for the camera! Videograb of her below...

Red Backed Shrike; Årstafåltet;7th September 2007

Went out today in search of Bluethroat, but could not pass up on this juvenile Red Backed Shrike. a particularily confiding individual. ...