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

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Moorhen; Lotsjön; 31st October 2011

Spent the day looking for Two-barred Crossbill beside the lake today, the birds having been present for the past four days. I had been working solidly and hoping they would stay as they were giving great views to local birder's and I still needed photo's of the species. They were gone!
 On the lake itself there were two first year Moorhen, which is a very local species this far north. These were in fact only my second record this year in Sweden! Decided to grab some shots as both birds were showing well at close range around some Bistort...
Autumn is remarkable this year and it is still mild. Birding has been phenomenal on the archipelago around Stockholm. Chestnut Eared Bunting(Swedish first record), Hume's Warbler, Pallas's Warbler, Siberian Thrush, Olive-backed Pipit have been the cream of the crop...

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