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

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Compositional Sketches, December 2007

Brent Geese and Black Tailed Godwits

Pintail and Lapwing

Pintail Drakes


Little Egrets

Spent a week in Dublin and on my return spent a few days working on these compositional sketches with a view to some paintings. The site was Bull Island, a wonderful place to draw birds, lagoos are teeming with wader and wildfowl in winter. The evening light made a big impression on me, a range of purples, apricot and peach tones bouncing of the mudflats and channels gave some wonderful colour to these scenes, hope to get these done in the next few months...

1 comment:

Peter Mathios said...

All of these sketches are incredible!!! My favorite is the godwits.