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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Angarn; 29th August 2011

 Angarn from over the stubble fields on the approach...

Red Backed Shrike

Headed off to Angarn hoping for some good birding, though to be honest it was remarkably quiet birdwise, the quietest I have ever seen it in fact. On arrival there were a few Stock Dove wheeling overhead, whilst amongst the cattle on the reserve ther were 4 Yellow Wagtail still present. I had to work hard for very little reward, a Snipe was noted befoer a Hobby was seen in the distance, hunting high up for insects. It soon dissapeared, thought a young Marsh Harrier was seen over the reeds hunting. Not a lot to add except for a single Greenshank!

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