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, January 14, 2009

Yellow Browed Bunting; Norra Järvafältet; 15th Jan. 2009

In the open at last....

...and staying there!

A more typical view...

Surprisingly hard to pick out in cover at times....

Finally some record photos on my fifth day of trying. This bird, a first for Sweden and an absolute stunner, has been a skulking, fleeting photography nightmare! Figure I have spent 20 hours waiting on these record shots over five days in total, the bird all too often appearing briefly in cover, with often just the head in view or a partial view of the upperparts. Today, with improved weather and sunshine, my patience paid off, with the bird putting in a 25 minute appearance, staying in the open for a couple of those. Though viewed from a distance of 25 metres or so for the birds well being, the shots came out fairly well and I am really happy to have these as a record of this truly mega rarity.

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