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

Tyresta National Park; 16th June 2010

Black-throated Diver

Great Spotted Woodpecker at the nest....


Comma Butterfly

Out at first light in the hope of getting some good images of Black-throated Diver on the lake at Flaten, though the birds were very elusive and feeding over a large area, only managed a single photo in the end. The birds spent most of the time well out in the lake and only allowed a few sketches in the end.
Elsewhere, as is usual at this time of yesr, birds were difficult to see in the forest. Pied Flycatchers, Robins, Song Thrush, Blackbird, and Great Spotted Woodpecker were noted commonly. Reed Bunting, Osprey and a distant calling Black Woodpecker were more noteworthy. Spent a fair bit of time photographing insects in the end,
which proved rather fruitful, with two first's for me, a Large Skipper butterfly and Northern Damselfly, both posted above...

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