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, July 13, 2011

Azure Damselfly(Coenagrion puella), Östra Styran; 13th July 2011

Photographed this Coenagrion species at Östra Styran yesterday, initially I thought it a Coenagrion pulchellum, due to the "Y" shaped mark on the abdomen base, though careful inspection caused me to have doubts there is no stem on the "Y". Foremost were the antihumeral stripes being clearly unbroken. There is also a spiked effect on the sides of S4 and S5 and closer inspection on the pronotum leads me to realize this to be Coenagrion puella or Azure Damselfly, which would be the first specifically identified by be, despite the fact the species is widespread here...

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