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, November 26, 2008

Bull Island; 22nd-23rd November

Little Egret, Wigeon and Shovelers.

Black-tailed Godwits

Black-tailed Godwits


Wigeon and Teal

Brent Geese

Long weekend in Dublin saw a return to Bull Island, a special place for me as it is where I grew up birding as a young kid. Still love to get back there as it is full of birds, most of which are accustomed to people passing and allow great views as a result. Birds number in hundreds and thousands here which is great when sketching, a never ending supply of subjects....

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dublin; 20th-24th November 2008

Rock Pipit

Little Egret

Wigeon Drake...

Mediteranean Gull (2nd Cal. Year)

A long weekend home to Dublin was mainly taken up by family commitments, though as always the lure of some of my old stampimg grounds too much to resist, the birding gear having been packed into my case along with my clothes! Only three short outings managed, two were on Bull Island Reserve and a single afternoon stroll around Howth Harbour, where Rock Pipit was photographed at Balscadden beach. No sign of the wintering Black Redstart there due to a lot of disturbance by tourists on the beach, though Purple Sandpipers were present as always on the east pier close by...
Bull Island held at least half a dozen Little Egrets, a handful of Mediterranean Gulls as well a a host of commoner waders and wildfowl the site is famous for. A Kingfisher was also present, though elusive in the stream on the left of the causeway base. Nice to be able and sit so close to these birds, which are accustomed to people and allow tremendous sketching and photographic oppurtunities to birders. A real shame I had no real time to get out for a couple of full days birding, will have to try and make more on my next visit.