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, September 02, 2010

Goshawk; Ågesta; 2nd September; 2010

Thought perhaps this shot deserved it's own post as it may well be my best photo to date, a superb 1st calender Goshawk which flew right past me this morning in glorious light. Been trying to get an image of this species for a long time, but this surpassed my expectations, pin sharp in flight. A quite stunning bird, most probably a female and a seriously powerful raptor..
This shot has whetted my appetite for an upcoming trip to Falsterbo in southern Sweden. The site is world famous as a migration watchpoint, particularily for raptors. Have decided to book six days onsite from the 26th of September and am hugely looking forward to the trip. Species which should feature heavily include Red Kite, Rough Legged Buzzard and other raptors including rarer species with luck. Huge numbers of Bramblings and Chaffinch should be a breathtaking spectacle and the trip should throw up a number of good birds. Watch this space...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great picture! Dirk VG