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

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Hawfich; Duvbo; 2nd Febuary 2010

The winter weather is drawing many species in to closer proximity to humans, food becomes scrcer as a big freeze goes on and birds are forced to feed where they can. This Hawfinch was an unexpected bonus today whilst waiting on the Black-throated Thrush to appear. Had heard a couple of these birds calling earlier, high in the canopy. These birds are often elusive and I had never managed a photo of real quality of this species until this bird suddenly appeared in front of me amongst Tree Sparrows, which it dwarfed. This is a stunning finch. There is a whole lot to look at here, the massive bill is capable of huge force, these birds can crack open cherry stones with ease. Another unique feature are the odd crimped tertial feathers, just visible in some of these shots. The bird fed for just 30 seconds on the ground before it flew off into the woods, allowing me to fire off the shots posted above...

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