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

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Watercolour; Wheatear

Male Wheatear. From sketches made at landsort in April 2007.
Watercolour on paper. (40cmx18cm)

Friday, October 26, 2007

New Painting; Black-throated Divers

Just completed. Black-throated Divers; Summer Plumage. This one was worked from field sketches I made at Tyresta National Park earlier in the year.
Acrylic on canvas, 80cmx60cm.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tree Sparrows; Årstafältet; 18th October 2007

Could not resist these charming little birds today. I have memories of seeing this species in my teens before their well documented decline in Ireland began years ago. Today this is a rare species in Ireland.
Here in Sweden the situation is much brighter, today at Årstafältet there were a minimum of 140 birds in the hedges, many of them basking in late autumn sunshine, a few of them here....

Dippers; Tyresta Slott; 17th October 2007

The bird I went out in the hope of seeing one, a pair duly obliged. Wonderful birds that had unitil this point, avoided the camera. Not so todat though, both birds feeding in front of me, regardless of my presence. A top site for the species in the Stockholm area, these hardy birds are rather local due to the scarcity of suitable habitat in the area...

Videograbs below;
Feeding Dipper;
Preening Dipper;

Tyresta Slott; 17th October 2007






Red Squirrel

A cracking day out at the Slott. Apart from the Dippers above there were several other good birds seen, none more impressive though than a flock of 27 Hawfinch which were feeding in the treetops on the beeech mast crop. A though hard to view at such height, managed to get a handful of photographs of them. Wonderful sound to hear, so many of these great birds calling as they fed. Also a surprise in the form of some Bearded Tits calling in the reedbeds at Nottholmen on the island, followed by a skulking first year Moorhen, a good bird for the site and far from common away from a few known breeding sites around the city.
Back at the orchard, 42 Waxwing were present feeding on crab apples with a selection of thrushes and some Bullfinches. Redpolls and Siskins also noticed in the area, as well as a lingering Common Buzzard.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sandemar Reserve; 15th October 2007

Grey Plover

White Wagtail(juv.)



Out at Sandemar today, a lot of birds in the area, though nothing exceptionally unusual. A suprise on the way came in the form of 65 Waxwing feeding by the train station in the city on berries in an adjacent park. Managed a few snaps before the train was due!
Best at Sandemar was a Grey Plover, a scarce passage wader here and nice to see. 245 Yellowhammer was a high count, the birds feeding on stubble which had just been harrowed over the last day or so. Also noted were Chiffchaff, Skylark, Waxwing, Meadow Pipit, Mealy Redpoll, Siskin, Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush and a host of commoner species...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

New Watercolour; Wheatear

Just finished this one, from a field sketch taken last week on Landsort. The bird was carrying an injury to it's left foot which made it a rather confiding subject....

Friday, October 12, 2007

New Watercolour; Pied Flycatcher

Quick watercolour done today of a passage Pied Flycatcher. Been a while since I used watercolour paint and enjoyed it immensely..

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Landsort; 8th-10th Oct 2007




Great Grey Shrike

Reed Warbler
Rough Legged Buzzard


Landsort Sunrise

A four day trip cut short by bad weather and a dose of the flu! The first day was fine and sunny with a northwesterly breeze. A total of 25 Rough Legged Buzzard provided the highlight as the birds migrated south. A female Hen Harrier was also a great sight at the north tip opf the island later in the afternoon. Day two saw cold conditions and a strong westerly, bad conditions for birds. A poor day in the field was bested by 7 Rough Legs, a single Merlin and a Black Woodpecker. Day 3 saw freezing conditions, just 3 degrees celsius with snow forecast! A ringtail Hen Harrier, 2 Merlin, Great Grey Shrike, 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Black Woodpecker provided the highlights. At this stage no improvement in the weather and a worsening flu led me to abandon the final day on the island and I decided to head back to Stockholm.
The trip was enjoyable all the same. Species recorded included Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Red Necked Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Long Tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Eider, Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Gadwall, Wigeon, Brent goose, Grey Plover, Razorbill, Black Guillimot, Pintail, Teal, Waxwing, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Reed Warbler, ChiffChaff, Blackcap, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Brambling, Goldfinch, Redpoll, Raven, Sparrowhawk, Tree Sparrow as well as the species mentioned above, all in all, far from a waste of time....