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

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tyresö Slott; April 23rd 2008

Great Crested Grebe

A really quiet day at the slott, nothing really notable. Had hoped for some early summer migrants, but as yet nothing has arrived and it may be a week or so until the floodgates open. Great Crested Grebes were present in numbers, as always at this time of year, with about 15 pairs displaying and nest building. A few Coot pairs were also busy nest building and squabling over territory. No sign of the Green Sandpipers seen here two days ago whilst fishing, also Hawfinches were not seen or heard today, though a pair have been present at the site. Black Woodpecker heard distantly, with an elusive Green Woodpecker still avoiding the camera lens, wondering if I will ever get a decent shot of this species! A couple of Redwings were seen among the feeding flocks of Fieldfare, passage birds on their way north....

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