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 04, 2009

Stockholm Strömmen, 4th Febuary 2009

Mute Swan

Black Headed Gull

Canada Geese


Wildfowl at Strommen...

A poor morning out birding led me back to Stockholm city centre for a visit to Strommen, which is basically where the huge lake Malaren flows into the Baltic Sea. The flow of water means that in periods of very cold weather the area is one of open water and in severely cold conditions this can lead to a large build up of wildfowl. Principle species include Mute Swan, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Goosander. Pochard are regular and scarcer visitors include Scaup, Scoters, Eider, Long Tailed Duck and Smew. Gulls are present in the area to add interest, as well as raptors, White Tailed Eagles and Goshawk most regularily in winter.
My first day out with my new DSLR camera, a Nikon D90, though I am still waiting on a longer lens. these shots today taken on a Nikkor 18-105mm lens. A very dark winters day is not ideal for photography, I did however enjoy using the camera and considering the conditions and short lens the results were fine. Hugely looking forward to using this camera over the coming year, a large learning curve lies ahead...

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