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

Redpolls; January 2007

Mealy Redpoll (juv.) FOR SALE

Mealy Redpoll (adult male) FOR SALE

Arctic Redpoll (adult female) FOR SALE

These ink sketches were the result of several sessions watching and sketching redpolls. Mealy Redpolls were abundant at several sites and an influx of Arctic Redpolls saw me seeing at least six individuals. These are super birds, full of character, beautiful to look at, added to which is the variability of these birds and the identification issues that accompany that variability. This all adds up to them being a fascinating subject.
The more I observed and scrutinized individual birds, the more I realized just how complex the separation of these two species is, at times I found myself rather frustrated by birds which may have been Arctic's, though in the end were best left unidentified. Much further study of these birds is required to fully understand the complex plumages of these birds.
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