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

Friday, May 15, 2009

Utö; 15th May 2009

Eider Drake

Common Tern

Tree Pipit in parachuting song display...

A typical archipelago scene from the ferry

A full day on Utö from early morning until early evening was extremely dissapointing, though it was not a surprise in so much as I had figured the prevailing northerly wind and blue skies would serve only to leave the island devoid of migrants. An Osprey drifted north first thing as I stepped off the ferry, though this proved to be the only good migrant of the day. Eider, Goosanders and Common Terns were everywhere on the coast, things inland were much quieter though. Highlight of the day was a breeding pair of Woodlark on territiory to the south. Tree Pipits are common breeders and displaying birds were everywhere in suitable habitat. aA single male Whinchat, Willow Warblers and a single pair of Blackcap where the sum total of a hard days birding, a lot of ground covered for scant reward migrant wise. Still, if your not out there it will never happen and all in all it was still an enjoyable day out...

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