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, February 18, 2009

Kingfisher; Trehörningen; 18th Febuary 2009

Out early today to try get some photos of Kingfisher, not for the first time. Kingfisher is a rather scarce bird in these parts, though in cold weather location becomes easier as the birds are forced to find open water, which is rare around Stockholm. This bird, a cracking adult male has been in residence at a small ditch stream beside Trehörningen Lake in Huddinge. After a couple of hours I finally managed to locate this bird and get some photos, my first images of a species which has persistently avoided my camera lens on a number of occasions to date. A stunning bird, all the better for a backdrop of winter snow. Watched it catch some fish from a respectful distance before leaving it to feed undisturbed....

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