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

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ant Macro; Landsort; 10th May 2011

 This tiny species of ant makes a nest out of sand. It appears deceptively blackish to the naked eye and is about 4mm long, yet very fierce indeed...

An Ant crosses gaps in it's micro environment with consumate ease. Very nice to be able to bring the macro lens out again after the winter, I find it has opened up a whole new minature world.

A couple of macro images here of an Ant Sp. from today. I will try to find out which it is and post what I find later....

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