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

Sandemar Reserve; 16th October 2007

Grey Plover



A day out at the reserve saw a Grey Plover as the surprise, not a commonly seen species in the area, took the oppurtunity to take a few sketches. The stubble fields were full of Yellowhamers feeding on seed and I spent an hour on them in the afternoon, hundreds of them rolling over the fields was a lovely sight, one now all to rare in Ireland, where the species is declining alarmingly for some years now...

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