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 http://www.alandalton.net/
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 alandltn@gmail.com

Friday, January 30, 2009

More Sketches....

Black Throated Thrush; 1st winter female..



Yellow Browed Bunting Sketches...


These birds continue to dominate the birding here, both are still present. Some black biro field sketches of the bunting from earlier today and a black and white of the Black throated Thrush done last night on the couch...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Black Throated Thrush, January 26th 2009












First Winter Female Black-throated Thrush, another asian vagrant! Found yesterday in a suburban garden in Vallentuna and makes a second new life tick for me this year. delighted to be able to sketch this one....

Monday, January 26, 2009

Black-throated Thrush, Vallentuna, 26th January 2009








A quite incredible January it is proving to be in the Stockholm area with regard to rarities from the far east, the news coming through yesterday evening of yet another asian vagrant being found in the northern suburbs. This Black-throated Thrush, a first winter female bird, is another great winter record, close on the heels of the Yellow-browed Bunting, which is still present, the two birds are actually not that far away from each other as it happens!
The bird is feeding on apples mainly, with occassional small amounts of sunflower seed, which have been laid out for birds. The thrush was immediately on view upon arrival and delighted at least two hundred birders today as it regularily returned to feed, allowing excellent views and some decent record snaps to be taken. Somewhat smaller than a Blackbird with cold grey brown plumage tones, tell tale throat speckling and lightly streaked flanks, in every way a lovely bird. Though by no means as rare as the bunting, this is still a very irregular vagrant in Europe. My second lifer this year, leaving me a very happy birder after a very happy new year of rarities!

Record videograb off the Canon A95 compact here;

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Yellow Browed Bunting; 15th January 2009










Some field sketches of the Yellow Browed Bunting from yesterday. The bird, Swedens first, is coming into the third week of its stay almost....

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yellow Browed Bunting; Norra Järvafältet; 15th Jan. 2009

In the open at last....

...and staying there!

A more typical view...

Surprisingly hard to pick out in cover at times....

Finally some record photos on my fifth day of trying. This bird, a first for Sweden and an absolute stunner, has been a skulking, fleeting photography nightmare! Figure I have spent 20 hours waiting on these record shots over five days in total, the bird all too often appearing briefly in cover, with often just the head in view or a partial view of the upperparts. Today, with improved weather and sunshine, my patience paid off, with the bird putting in a 25 minute appearance, staying in the open for a couple of those. Though viewed from a distance of 25 metres or so for the birds well being, the shots came out fairly well and I am really happy to have these as a record of this truly mega rarity.


Friday, January 09, 2009

Yellow Browed Bunting; January 2009








Field sketches and Crayon and Ballpoint Pen colour sketches of Swedens first Yellow Browed bunting, a fabulous find at Norra Järvafältet, Stockholm early in the new year. A cracking second year male....

Yellow Browed Bunting; Norra Järvafältet;4th-8th Jan 2009

Yellow Browed Bunting; Crayon and Ballpoint Pen

Found by local birders at the feeding station, Swedens first Yellow Browed Bunting was a superb find here in Stockholm. I spent 6 hours on Monday obtaining two brief views of this skulking bird, another 6 hour vigil yesterday was more rewarding and allowed better views over the day and a chance to do a few rudimentary field sketches, the bird avoiding the camera due to it's secretive behaviour on both days and being at 30 metres range. Did a few colour sketches upon my return last night, the best of which is posted here.
This fantastic bird is a second calander male, a real stunner and gross european rarity. Will try photograph the bird in the near future should it remain, for now there is a link here to some of Olle Bernards photos taken on the day it was found before the massive crowds descended on the site...

http://www.artportalen.se/artportalen/gallery/image.aspx?obsid=14097944