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, April 01, 2009

Common Gulls; Ärstafältet; 1st April 2009

Common Gulls are very common here in Stocholm and breed throughout the city. Spent some time today working on flight shots, something my new Nikon D90 camera allows me do, whereas with digiscoping through a scope good results of birds in flight are almost impossible to achieve. These shots where taken in manual mode at 1/1250 of a second. Looking forward to practicing more with the camera and eventually getting better results with some more exciting species, such as birds of prey, over the coming months. The best three shots from today...

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