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, September 07, 2010

Ågesta; 7th September 2010


Reed Bunting
Goldfinch juvenile.

Tree Sparrow

Sparrowhawk overhead...

Arrived an hour after dawn this morning, mist prevalent, though it soon lifted. The highlight of the day came early as hoped for when a Red Throated Pipit flew overhead calling, my first of the autumn. Little Grebe and a calling Water Rail were soon added to the notebook before I began to work over the site in earnest. Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Tree Sparrows were noted before other species were seen. Reed Buntings were plentiful, all carefully checked too. A Bluethroat was foung at the crossroads, eventually perching on the wires and allowing a quick photo. Meadow Pipits were also sought out and carefully checked, though to no avail. A few raptors about, with 2 Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard and a nice adult White Tailed Eagle being seen during the morning. A Wheatear and several Snipe were seen later in the day before I headed off after a fairly quiet morning at the site...

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