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

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Stockholm Ström, 19th March 2009

Male Goshawk, delighted to see this superb bird hunting the Black Headed Gulls over the water!


Black Headed Gull

Preening Mute Swan

Swan pair

Mallard Drake

Tufted Duck Drake

Popped down to the Ström purely to grab a few shots and try for my first flight shots of birds with the camera, had planned on maybe getting some gull images. My luck was in however. Spent a while taking photos of the local Mute Swans, Tufted Ducks, Coots, Mallards and Gulls before a male Goshawk appeared from nowhere and attacked the Blackheaded Gulls. It chased one of these birds for a minute of so before it gave up, the bird lucky to evade death. Minutes later the bird reappered suddenly and finally took its price over the main bridge, an amazing sight right in the centre of the city and one that made my day....

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