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

Monday, January 25, 2010

Black-headed Gulls; Skeppsbron; 25th January 2010

After combing the area without sucess for Glaucous Gull today I decided upon a bit of photography and with plenty of obliging Black-headed Gulls in the area I decided to try and get some close range flight shots with the 50mm Nikkor 1.8 lens for a change. I attracted the birds by feeding bread and soon had them taking it from my outstreched hand. This lens allows a much greater range of focus and I was able to get some great shots of these birds....

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