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, December 13, 2007

Rock Pipit; Balscadden Bay; 10th December 2007

Another species I had no shots of was Rock Pipit, so when home in Dublin I popped out to Howth Head for the day. Balscadden Bay is a storm beach and also holds this species, this individual was particularily confiding however and really gave itself up for the camera. Got a lot of full frame, pin sharp shots of this bird as it sat looking at me for ten minutes.

Videograb of this bird at the link below;

Purple sandpipers; Howth Head; 10th December 2007

A species I have struggled to photograph here in Sweden over the last three years where it is a rather scarce species, rarely seen at close range either. Went out to Howth Harbour in Dublin specifically to digiscope these birds. Very windy conditions made it impossible to get pin sharp photos, though managed to get some decent shots all the same. Eight birds present along the end of the east pier...

Little Egrets, Bull Island, 9th December 2007

Back in Dublin for the weekend and Got out onto the Bull Island each day. Little Egret now a common sight at the reserve with birds now occuring in double figures. Spent most of my time sketching though could not resist grabbing the camera for these closer individuals...