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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dublin; March 2010

Shelduck; Bull Island

Redshank; Bull Island

Purple Sandpipers in flight, 8 birds present at Howth East Pier.

Meditereanean Gul; 3rd cal. Year, a ringed bird from the Lady Island Lake colony in Wexford...

Mediterranean Gull and Black Headed Gulls in foreground...

Mediterranean Gull; Adult in full summer plumage, a cracking bird this...

Curlew, Redshanks.

A selection of field sketches from Dublin over the past week. Great to get back to the Bull Island in particular, nice warm weather, good light and loads of birds to scope! Mediterranean Gulls sketched in Dalkey where three birds were present.

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