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

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...

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