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, June 15, 2011

Pearly Heath; Broangarna

 Pearly Heath; note the diagnostic white area on the undeside of the hindwing.....

Pearly Heath; a lifer for me today..

Images here of Pearly Heath, I saw at least four of these today, one of which finally gave itself up in the last rays of evening sun, basking at right angles to the sun as it did so. The species is found in central and southern Europe, in Sweden in the south and as far north as Uppland. It is not present in the British Isles. It spends the winter as a cterpillar underground and emerges to fly and breed for June-September.