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

Merlin; Bull Island; March 2010

Female Merlin Portrait; What a result...

Sat on a large mound of earth watching for prey....

Sitting on Bull Island you never know what may happen, and this was a real bonus. Merlin is not uncommon at this site, getting one this close is far from common though. Initially I picked the bird up at about 2km rage as it moved from post to post over the saltmarsh to the north of the causeway. It gradually egged closer over the next 45 minutes before it flew directly towards me. It had a go at some Meadow Pipits, failed to catch and continued towards me until it laned 40 metres away on a lrge mound of earth. It then allowed me to approach to wthin 10 mtres and obtain some cracking photos. Thrilled to finally get a set of good images of this species!

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