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

Friday, January 09, 2009

Yellow Browed Bunting; Norra Järvafältet;4th-8th Jan 2009

Yellow Browed Bunting; Crayon and Ballpoint Pen

Found by local birders at the feeding station, Swedens first Yellow Browed Bunting was a superb find here in Stockholm. I spent 6 hours on Monday obtaining two brief views of this skulking bird, another 6 hour vigil yesterday was more rewarding and allowed better views over the day and a chance to do a few rudimentary field sketches, the bird avoiding the camera due to it's secretive behaviour on both days and being at 30 metres range. Did a few colour sketches upon my return last night, the best of which is posted here.
This fantastic bird is a second calander male, a real stunner and gross european rarity. Will try photograph the bird in the near future should it remain, for now there is a link here to some of Olle Bernards photos taken on the day it was found before the massive crowds descended on the site...

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