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

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Black Throated Divers; Tyresta; 28th April 2009

Summer plumage adult, hard to beat!

Taking off, maybe a passage bird....

Spent some time locating these birds today at Tyresta National Park, eventually it became clear the resident pair have returned to their favourite corner of the lake. These birds were displaying so I left them in peace and concentrated on a singleton third bird which was present. Waited some time for this bird to move towards me, but when it did it came very close, much closer than I anticipated. The bird then took off and left the lake, perhaps a passage adult on its way north? In any case, very happy to get some good photos of this stunning bird at close range...

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