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

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sandemar; 19th May 2008

Red Backed Shrike (Male)

Red Backed Shrike (Female)


Four hours spent on the reserve this evening in good light, many of the late migrants have now arrived. Whitethroats everywhere, displaying at several points around the location. Ever elusive, Thrush Nightingales sang from dense cover, providing a wonderful backdrop of sound. A male Garganey present was my first this year. 2 White Tailed Eagles flew past, both 4th Calender birds. A Common Rosefinch was also heard, though not seen. Temmincks Stint and Little Ringed Plover fed in the margins, a Redwing was found singing also. A personal first was a Water Shrew feeding in a waterlogged ditch, a wonderful little surprise! A pair of Red Backed Shrike rounded of a very nice evening, allowing some photo's which are posted here...


jave said...

The red backed shrike looks like our local brown shrikes.
Linked you!


Sandpiper said...

Great blog! You have some terrific pictures here.