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, May 12, 2009

Broangarna; 7th May 2009

Osprey in flight, been trying to get this shot for some time....


Whinchat male...

Spent the day at this site in search of two rare raptors. Remarkably this site held both a 3rd calender Pallid Harrier and a female Montagu's Harrier the previous day! It was not my day today though, and neither bird put in an appearance, nothing as bad as a double dip...
Some consolation in my best flight shot to date, several Ospreys in the area helped me to secure the shot I have been hoping for of this species. Other birds included Marsh Harrier, Yellow Wagtail, Wryneck and Whinchat.

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