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

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Black-throated Thrush; Duvbo; 3rd January 2010

2010 off to a bang, with a cracking male Black-throated Thrush found in a suburban garden almost exactly a year after last january, when a female bird graced Stockholm. Made the trip today and had not long to wait before the bird appeared to feed. A really nice male bird, which showed well at intervals through the day and allowed some decent photos to be taken, especially as the light improved in the afternoon. A rather straightforward bird to identify, as the photos will illustrate. A very special mention for the owners of the property, who not only allowed access around the side of there house, but also provided hot coffee to waiting birders in freezing tempertures of -12 degees below zero...

A link here while it lasts of some superb video footage from SVT, the main swedish broadcasting channel here in Sweden, who ran this footage of the bird on the national news. Filmed whilst I was there you even get a brief view of the back of my head as I'm reeling of a few frames, my head stuck into the camera...

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