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, April 30, 2009

Tyresö Slott; 28th April 2009

Osprey; hunting fish over the water...

Great Crested Grebe

Swallow; a cracking spring male complete with tail streamers...

Common Tern

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

White Wagtail

A leisurely stroll with the camera this afternoon was rewarding. Hawfinches were in evidence in the area, several pairs were picked up high above calling. Willow Warblers are filtering through, more migrants were noted in the form of Swallows, White Wagtail, Common Terns and a superb Osprey which hunted briefly over the Slott, finally plunging to catch a small roach. No sign of the Marsh Harrier or White Tailed Eagles seen here over the week whilst fishing....

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