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

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Three Toed Woodpecker; Norra Järvafältet; 5th Febuary 2008

Three Toed Woodpecker (male)

Three Toed Woodpecker (male)

Three Toed Woodpecker (male)

Three Toed Woodpecker (male)

Returned to Hansta in Norra Järvafältet today in another attempt to find and locate the Three Toed Woodpecker present in the area for the past ten days. An extremely difficult bird to track down alone due to the size of the block of pine forest it ranges over, and after a fruitless full day yesterday I was delighted to pick it up after four hours today, it's tapping as it fed giving it away on this occasion. A superb bird in every way, I was a bit dissapointed the bird did not show better, though considering the density of trees and the appalling light today I suppose the results are not all that bad, at least some record shots have been secured to remember this one by.
Other species seen included Black Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Great and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker making it something of a woodpecker bonanza! Also Waxwing, Crossbill, Siskin, Common Redpoll, Goshawk, Whooper Swan, Treecreper, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit and Hawfinch made this a very good mornings birding...
Videograb below is not the greatest due to bad light...


Warren Baker said...

Great site Alan, some really excellent photo's. I'll keep up to date with your exploits and put a link on my site.

Anna Simpson said...

Great blog. I love your photos. I'll keep looking on your blog it's great.

timwootton said...

Hi Alan - Love the latest photos in your gallery, truly outstanding (good to see you've not been wasting your time away from Birdforum!).
Great to see the paintings again too - I'd frogotten how beautiful the 'flotsam' piece was - lovely!
See you elsewhere.