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

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ural Owl; Rästasjön; December 12th 2011

Finally!! This Ural Owl has been present at a suburban area for the past three weeks beside Råstasjön lake in the north of Stockholm. This was my sixth attempt at this bird!
On arrival the bird was present and had attracted the attentions of birder's, it really couldn't have been easier, I simply walked up and started to watch the bird. It remained high up in a pine throughout, sleeping most of the time. It seemed tame and was oblivious the the scenes below it. John Costello arrived a while later and we enjoyed stunning views of this large northern owl, only my third ever. It was a lifer for John happily. Delighted to get my best images to date of this enigmatic northern species...

I also took some record video footage which I have edited, click on the link below to view...

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