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, August 06, 2009


Jay, a common but elusive bird in Sweden.

Brown Hare, just spotted this animal lying motionles in the grass in timr to get this shot...

Goshawk, a juvenile bird.

Hawfinch, a juvenile flying overhead.

Rather quiet at the moment birdwise, though a few birds noted all the same. Common Crossbill the best, two seen. Goshawk, 6 Hawfinches and a single Black Woodpecker also observed along with commoner fare. Fine weather made the day a pleasant one and enjoyed wandering about taking photos...

Butterflies; Lidingö; 5th May 2009




My first butterfly photos with the D90 from today using the Sigma 150-500mm Sigma OS, spent half an hour creeping through thistle beds today after Peacocks and Tortoiseshells. Bright sunshine gave good colour rendition and these results are fine. Seriously thinking about a macro lens for the camera....

Roe Deer; Lidingö; 5th August 2009

Whilst sitting quietly in a meadow by the forest edge today I noticed this Roe Deer hind moving into the meadow to graze in the evening sun. Let her approach fairly close before squeezing off some shots, which the animal heard and moved off back to the woods, happy enough with these all the same...

Barnacle Geese; Lidingö; 5th August 2009

Some photos taken today at Lidingö of Barnacle Geese, some really cooperative birds today at the site allowed some close up portraits. The species is thriving around the baltic coast after feral colonization, these birds are a familiar site around the stockholm area, often feeding on grass shoots on mowed areas of grass in the summer....