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, March 22, 2010

Dippers; Nyfors; 22nd March 2010

Out to Tyresta National Park today to the waterfalls at Nyfors, an excellent site for Dipper. With four birds present and good light there were some nice shots to be had, the best of which I have posted here. Spent an hour sketching these birds also, two of the birds were males, both were singing and displaying as the thaw begins. Great birds to watch as they feed, disappearing underwater in search of food only to appear a liitle downstream on another rock or branch. Curiously, they can look very auk like, especially when swimming on the surface.
These hardy birds will soon begin nesting, a rather early breeding species. Will no doubt be back in the near future to try get so more photos of these endearing birds...

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