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

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.

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