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, September 12, 2011

Gull Sketches; Skeppsbron; 11th September 2011

 Above; Baltic Gull 1st Calender, the lower image done at Skeppsbron, the top pencil drawing done at home  later in the evening...

 Argentatus Herring Gull; 2nd Calender; Black ballpoint biro...

 Argentatus Herring Gull; 3rd Calender.

 Great Black Backed Gull; 1st Calender

 Baltic Gull on water; 1st Calender

 Baltic Gull; 1st Calender

Baltic Gull; 1st Calender, A pale phse bird with exceptionally dark upperparts, a really stunning bird...

Spent yesterday sketching at Skeppsbron, the drawings all done in a large A3 drawing pad. Concentrated on Baltic Gull  when they were resting, up to seven of these birds present at the site. They make great subjects as they stand still for long periods on occassion..

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