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 21, 2011

Male Northern Damselfly; Östra Styran; May 2011

 Male Northern Damselfly; best shot of the day of this stunning insect, very happy with this shot... rest amongst the grass

Another close up shot.

Images here of adult male Northern Damselflies. After doing a bit of birding at the site I devoted the rest of the day to photographing odanata after it became apparent many were emerging at the site. I used the Sigma 150mm Macro lens to get all of these shots, very nice to finally have these insects back on the wing after a lengthy winter. These Northern Damselflies were not too hard to get close to with patience and a slow aproach with no sudden movement. Some very nice shots were the result, these males providing the best of them due to their stunning colours, they really are little jewels up close....

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