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, October 10, 2011

Northern Willow Warbler; Cape Clear Island; October 8th-10th

Shots above all of a probable Northern Willow Warbler seen over the course of a few days and photographed at Cotters where me and Peter Philips saw the bird very well. A striking bird in the field due to the cold grey tones on the upperparts and rather pale underside, a really cracking little bird this. Some cold lemon tones can be seen in these hots around the upperflank and throat, note also the well marked supercilium. The bird had amazing yellow feet.

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