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 23, 2010

Red Squirrel; Skansen; 23rd March 2010

The best of the images. Dull, gloomy weather forced the use of flash upon me, which can be seen in the eyes in this shot....

Overrode the flash for this image....

Some images here of a wild Red Squirrel from Skansen today, always a delight to see these lovely mammals. Still widespread here in Sweden, though elsewhere the species is being displaced at an alarming rate by the introduced Grey Squirrel. The decline in Britain and Ireland has been disastrous for the species, where it was once common it is now rare.

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