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

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Ågesta; 7th May 2011



Black Headed Gulls and Garganey.

A trip to Ågesta today to see Marsh Sandpiper, alas the bird was not seen. Reports of the bird being present in the earlier part of the day had led me to believe my chances of seeing this bird were good, as it turned out it was not to be. A pair of Cranes high overhead were seen straight away, as was an Osprey over the lake. Waders were about, with 12 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Redshank, 1 Greenshank and a few Snipe noted. A pair of Garganey were a highlight, my first of the spring. Several Sedge Warbler were singing around the lake on a very nice day weatherwise....

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