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

Pine Grosbeaks; November 2006

Pine Grosbeak Study (female)

Pine Grosbeak Study (female)

One of the highlights of the winter, this party of Pine Grosbeaks at Sandemar Reserve, completely unexpected and a prelude to a minor irruption of the species into Sweden from the east. The males were stunning birds and prompted a colour sketch, the females though drabber were still lovely birds. I watched these huge finches for some time, they were remarkably tame, docile birds with and wonderful call, a low flute like note. Went home a happy man and the memory is still fresh in the mind to this day...

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