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

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Hällögarn; Vasterbotten; August 1st 2010

Spotted Flycatcher juv.

Common Tern.

Common Tern overhead..

Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Again a hangover, again up early at 6am. 5 Curlew noted at the north on arrival, the two Caspian Tern adults also still present today. A Spotted Flycatcher was new, a young bird on passage. Wood Sandpiper, Greenshanks, Redshanks noted again. A Pied flycather was seen also. Spent the afternoon sketching at the north.
The evening saw me back on rhe east of the island at the cabin where I sat out watching the skies. The best birds of the day were seen here, three Black-throated Divers flew over as well as a couple of pairs of Cranes. Best of all was a cracking Hobby hawking insects high overhead...

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