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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Remote Shutter Photography

My first attempt at remote release photographt today, a very promising start too. I got a remote release last year which fits onto the camera shoe, is battery powered and can fire the shutter from 30 metres away, which could prove very useful with certain species. This Blue Tit was one of many coming to a peanut feeder, many of which used this perch in their approach. I set the camera up on a tripod, with a Nikon 50mm lens attached, just a couple of feet away, and waited. Rather frustrating at times as the shutter release was often a little delayed by remote, though eventually this shot was obtained. It is a cropped imaged, though the detail captured at close range is evident. For species such as Shrikes and flycatchers which often habitually perch on the same perches this could prove a very productive way to get close, detailed shots. A longer lens would be better, perhaps from 85mm to 200mm, depending on how tolerent the bird is of the camera...

1 comment:

cindyzlogic said...

Super beautiful color on this sweet little bird!