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, May 14, 2009

Red Throated Pipit; Angarn; 14th May 2009

At last there it was, perched in the morning sun.....this was the reward for a two hour wait!

A heavy crop of this stunning bird....

Again another heavy crop, amazing how much detail the camera can pick up!

I decided to cancel a day out fishing today in the hope that this Red Throated Pipit, a cracking summer plumaged, displaying male might stay at the site, having been seen yesterday. I arrived at 06.45am, not a little bleary eyed and certainly very cold due to a biting northerly wind, which I told myself would of killed off the days fishing, should I dip..
At 07.55am my attention was suddenly alerted toa calling bird a short distance away and as it approached I picked up the warm throat and breast of a Red Throated Pipit which proceeded to fly right over my head before diving into cover behind an embankment. The bird then evaporated into thin air, not a trace of it for an age. Then, at 09.55am, just as I was thinking of settling for the flight views, the bird suddenly appeared on a fence post nearby out of nowhere. Some fantastic views followed through the binoculars before I grabbed the camera and fired off a few shots. The bird then flew overhead, again calling, before flying back out onto the reserve...
Also notable on the day were 2 Whimbrel, very rare birds at Angarn and my first swedish Whimbrels to boot! Other birds included a male Garganey, Shoveler, 45 Wood Sandpipers, Greenshank, Ruff, Osprey, 3 Marsh Harriers, Yellow Wagtails, Whinchat and 2 male Pied Flycatcher.

1 comment:

Phil Benstead said...

mouth-watering shots of red-throated pipit Alan. A sprig bird would be most welcome down here.