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, July 16, 2008

Myttinge; 16th July 2008

Red Backed Shrike

The second day in a row to visit this site, Myttinge, on the archipelago island of Vaxholm. A 5am. start on both days was made straight after work in order to try and see the star attraction, a Great Grey Owl that has been in the area for two weeks now, alas it was not to be, 11 hours searching in total now having gone unrewarded, leaving me rather deprived of sleep! The evening is undoubtedly the best time to see the bird, however I am working every evening this week until Sunday next, when I may try for the bird again if it remains in the area.
Red Backed Shrike were everywhere, managed a shot of a male posted here. Other birds of note included a lovely male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker that gave me a superb view of it soon after arriving whilst my camera was safely tucked away at the bottom of my rucksack!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Great Crested Grebes, Tanto; 11th July 2008

Sketches of Great Crested Grebes from today in Tanto, a park in Stockholm City on the water. Great birds to sketch, a never ending variety of shapes as thes birds constantly change posture. I find the resting birds particularily interesting as they fold their necks back, the plumes provide a great challenge to draw as they constantly change shape acording to the angle viewed.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Tantolunden; 7th July 2008

Great Crested Grebe


Redwing Fledgling

Out with the watercolurs today and made myself get out and use them in the field. Managed to muddy the palate somewhat after adding too much water, but still managed to get some interesting reults. Fledgling Redwing was a bit of a suprise as the species is not a common breeder as far as I know within city limits. Great Crested Grebe and Starling are much more abundant and make ready subjects....

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Tyresö Strand; 30th June 2008

Little Ringed Plover

Little Ringed Plover

Ringed Plover Chick

Black-throated Diver Pair

Willow Warbler

Not been out enough of late, so a chance to sketch Little Ringed Plover was really nice today. An adorable looking Ringed Plover chick made a super still subject, whilst a pair of Black-throated Diver passed along the Strand later in the afternoon. A Willow Warbler also drawn over the day. Planning on getting a lot more work done over the coming months, with some canvases already formed in my mind I will be rather busy...