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

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Stonechat on Fuschia; 7th October 2009

Finished Painting; Stonechat on Fuschia; (18"x14")

The major elements quickly blocked in on this piece...

Early stages, simple blue background tone blocked in, cutout sketch seen here helps me with composition, so easy to just move it around until it's right, then draw into the picture....

Stonchat on Fuschia; Acrylic on Board; 18"x14"
The latest here again, a rather small acrylic of a Stonechat, this one from a sketch done on Cape Clear Island in August...

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