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 15, 2009

Oriental Turtle Dove; Huddinge;15th April 2009

News today of yet another asian vagrant, an Oriental Turtle Dove identified this morning in a suberban garden in Huddinge! Not so suprisingly, the bird has been present all winter at a feeding station at the front of the house. A Western Paleartic tick for me and another superb bird in the area, what a year it has been to date!
The bird was present on the lawn when I arrived, managed to fire off a few shots that were a little dark before it walked into cover. The sun came out and the owner of the garden very kindly invited us into the garden where a better shots of the bird were obtained as a result...
Features separating this species include the pale primary fringes, greyer breast, larger dark centres on the wing coverts, but most noticably the size and stucture, this bird lacked the dainty appearance of Eurasian Turtle Dove, in every way recalling a heavier species, akin to collared dove or even Woodpigeon....

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