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, May 18, 2010

Landsort; 18th May 2010

Long-tailed Duck, a drake in Summer dress. Thousands seen today..

Common Rosefinch, a drab female type on this occasion. The males are something else...

Collared Flycatcher in song. Wonderful birds, no less than three seen today!

Collared Flycatcher.

Slavonian Grebes. The pair still at Norrudden.

Eiders, a family party with newly hatched brood...

Another day out at my favourite birding site, Landsort. Arrived early to the sound of Swallows and House Martins hawking over the harbour. Next up was a stunning male Common Rosefinch in the village, calling and then began singing. A female Red Backed Shrike came next, then Willow Warbler. A pair of Swift floated by overhead. It went on like this all morning, with common migrants popping up everywhere. Total for Rosefinch would be 12 birds in all, with 11 Thrush Nightingale also noted singing, a few of which were seen quite well. 2 Wryneck were very welcome indeed, as were 2 Icterine Warbler. Redstarts, Whinchats, Pied Flycatchers, Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Warblers and Lesser Whitethroats were the predominant species, noted in numbers over the whole island. Common Whitethroat was also seen, as was a single Wood Warbler. Highlights came in the form of an all to brief Red Breasted Flycatcher, a male no less and an amazing 3 Collared Flycatcher, all males as well. Other hightlights were offshore passage of Scaup, a great view of a dark morph Arctic Skua and a superb White Tailed Eagle after returning to Ankarudden on the ferry, all in all a quite superb days birding...

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