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

Saturday, October 01, 2011

A day birding on Bull Island; 30th September 2011

Above and below, juvenile Black-tailed Godwits, cracking birds that were rather tame..

 Adult Black-headed Gull off the causeway..

Above and below; Three off six Curlew Sandpiper present on the rising tide, just north of the causeway..

 Curlew Sandpipers in flight, a very distinctive bird in the air, not especially the white rump...



Black-tailed Godwits in flight...

A couple of trips down to Bull Island produced 6 Curlew Sandpipers on the day, though there was dissapointment as I failed to locate a pair of Buff-breasted Sandpipers present on the saltmarsh north of the causeway. Skylark were a feature of the day, a total of eighty were counted migratin northeast after first light. Wheatear were also abundant on the day. nice to catch up with some of the commoner species, well documented here in photos...

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