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, March 16, 2010

Bull Island, Dublin, March 2010

Brent Geese, light bellied form. Part of a large flock of bathing birds. Hunreds of these birds use the site during the winter, often flying inland to feed on football pitches in the suberbs of norh county Dublin to feed!

Hooded Crow in flight...

A small group of Teal in flight...

A few snaps here from Bull Island from the last week. Spent most of my time sketching whilst on site, due to the cofiding nature and number of birds present, Black Tailed Godwits were most numerous, along with Brent Geese, Knot, Dunlin, Golden Plover and Bar Tailed Godwit. Wildfowl numbers are down at this site, perhaps the habitat is now more suitable elsewhere due to the rising mudflats.

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