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

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Large Skipper; Ochlodes venatus; June 2010

A shot posted here of a new species of butterfly to me, a Large Skipper from Tyresta National Park today. I initially thought this to be a moth but after posting the shot for identification on Birdforum I was enlightened as to it's true identity...
Apparently widespread distribition across Europe and Northern Asia, the species flies from May to September and is a nectar feeder with a liking for bramble flowers. The main breeding plant is Cocksfoot, the caterpillars on hatching use the leaves as shelter, binding them around themselves by use of silk threads.

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