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

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Arctic Redpoll; Angarn; 8th March 2009

Staked out the feeding station for a few hours hoping that the Redpoll flock might hold a gem and was thrilled when this cracking male Arctic Redpoll put in a brief appearance. A really clean bird, no problems with identification and it obliged the camera to boot!
Really clean white flanks and hint of a pink flush on the breast suggest perhaps a sub adult male bird. The bird sported a lovely clean white wingbar, a striking feature. Though not visile in the photos the rump and undertail were clean white without any trace of streaking. The bird was rather large in comparison to most of its Mealy brethern and a shade frostier in appearance. Really nice to see a male, often the first winter birds are so much more difficult to identify due to confusion with Mealy Redpolls which can often appear pale, with reduced streaking on the flanks and rump. I do like a challenge with regard to bird identification, but sometimes it is a pleasure to just sit back and observe a classic adult male bird! Yet another highlight of a cracking winter here in Stockholm....

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