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

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Coots; Tyresö Slott; 26th September 2009

A really poor day birdwise, just a few photos of Coot to show for my efforts! Kingfisher was heard today but not seen, two have been seen in the area of late. Hawfinches were also lacking, rather surprisingly, they are often present here in numbers in autumn. No passage of any kind noted, no migrants and no raptors! Weather has been poor for rarities for the month so far, really do hope that changes soon....

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