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, 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.

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