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

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Big Freeze; North Bull Island; December 2010

Black Tailed Godwit

Lapwings; lot's of these about due to cold weather on the continent, numbers are higher than normal...

Mute Swan; a species that can be badly affected by extreme winter weather, several birds about today...

Bull Island looking towards Howth. Minus degrees and plenty of snow unusual here in Dublin.

Shelduck; a brace high over the causeway.

Brent Geese, the light bellied race which winters in Ireland.

Brent Geese overhead on a day of quite superb light...

My parent's dog, Brandy. Loving the snow....

As with the rest of europe, Ireland is in the grips of severely cold weather and snow is thick on the ground. Lcal birding on Bull Island has been super, with lot's of species being noted in much larger numbers than is usual due to influxes of birds seeking respite from the weather further afield. Woodcock has been a nice site not far away in St. Annes Park, where I also heard Brambling. Skylarks are very much a feature on the influx, as are Lapwings. A brief view of Blue Winged Teal in flight was very welcome. Merlin an Peregrine continue to be present, lovely to watch over the past few days. A very happy Christmas to all reading the blog here...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Kingfisher; North Bull Island; Dublin; 20th December 2010

After arrival in Dublin the night before, fortuitously arriving home for Chistmas and escaping the travel chaos that followed in the days afterwards. Was straight down to Bull Island the next day and as hoped for the Kingfisher was present at its usual winter site. A little gem of a bird, the really are super. Watched the bird fishing for a while through the scope and grabbed a few shots from distanc for the record.
No sign of the female Blue Winged Teal today despite searching for it. A Peregrine Falcon made up for that by causing mass panic at the high tide roosts as it hunted over the saltmarshes on the island, without success as it happened. A nice mornings birding had all the same in the snow.

Dippers; Tyresö Nyfors; December 2010

A trip to Nyfors almost guarantees Dippers, the site holds the species all year round, though winter sees the largest numbers. The birds were right on cue on arrival, chasing each other, callingand feeding in the rapids of what looked like frigidly cold water. Some of the best shots here from a day when the light was far from ideal for photography..

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

BBC Twitching Documentary

The Birdchaser: BBC Twitching Documentary: "Now on YouTube. Enjoy watching birders watching birds! Warning, contains extreme impulsive behaviour"