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

Skansen; 23rd March 2010

Lynx Portrait. A stunning animal in every way.

Wolverine, the animal active in the winter, and was busily moving around its large enclosure. In the wild these animals range over large territories and are rather social, often travelling in family groups...

Will make my apologies now, but could not resist posting these shots of Lynx and Wolverine, both taken today at Skansen, both animals are captive. Skansen is a wildlife park which displays swedish mammals, the animals are often part of breeding programmes and are kept in lage natural enclosures. The parks most notable success in the past, the contribution made towards the repopulation of Eagle Owl in Sweden, over 50 birds were bred at the park and reintroduced into the wild. The species has since made a remarkable recovery and is even repopulating suburban areas. Most remarkably, a pair has recently begun to breed in the roof of the main stand if the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg.
Both Lynx and Wolverine are endangered in Sweden, both are found in the northern part of the country. In the wild both are rarely seen by humans, the Lynx in particular is incredibly difficult to catch a glimpse of, making population estimates very difficult indeed. A quite breathtakingly beautiful cat...
The actual reason for visiting the park was simple, the stockholm Glaucous Gull has taken to visiting the Grey Seal enclosure at feeding time for a free meal of herring! No show this afternoon, though it was present this morning and fed then. Will return for this bird on Tursday I think...

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