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, January 31, 2008

Ink Sketches; January 2007

Blackbird (male) FOR SALE

Red Backed Shrike (juv.) FOR SALE

Whinchat (male) FOR SALE

Tree Sparrow FOR SALE
January saw a period of viciously cold weather, making outdoor birding and sketching in particular very difficult. Took the opportunity to work on some black ink drawings, which I based on field sketches and used a favoured 0.7mm fine black ballpoint pen to complete. These are drawn very carefully in light pencil before the ink is added, upon completion I then carefully erase the pencil lines to clean up the final drawing.

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