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, September 08, 2009

Angarn; 8th September 2009

Bluethroat; 1st Cal. male.

Yellow Winged Darter, the commonest dragonfly at the reserve at the moment..

Northern Wheatear.

A dawn start at Angarn, a very enjoyable mornings birding too, the highlight in the form of 4 Bluethroat around the reserve. Other birds noted included 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15 Goldfinch, 16 Golden Plover, 1 adult Hobby, 2 Red Backed Shrike, 10 Tree Pipit, 122 Woodpigeon, 11 Reed Bunting, 6 Wood Sanpiper, 10 Dunlin, 3 Spotted Redshank, 9 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Water Rail, 17 Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail and 4 Whinchat.

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