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

Brown Hawker(Aeshna mixta), Östra Styran; 13th July 2011

Östra Styran yesterday was dominated by Aeshna mixta, on arrival close to the stables they were everywhere. About 30 were feeding around the paddocks around the horses, their reddish brown toned wings allowing for easy identification. A little further along the track I came across another 20 individuals in a sunny clearing feeding heavily. They rarely landed, they both captured and ate their prey in the air. I spent almost two hours trying to get some flight images, though this a very difficult species to photograph in flight due to their speed and frequent tight turns is they hunted. Great views had of this impressive secies and a liitle success with the camera....

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