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, January 24, 2012

Two-barred Crossbill; 2nd Calender Male; Uppsala; 24th January 2012

Here a 2nd calender male Two-barred Crossbill, a stunning bird and the only one present. This bird me unforgetable views down to a few inches, it was completely fearless and totally unconcerned by my presence. Despite poor light the photos give an indication of how memorable an experience this was. Though the adult males were more arresting in colour, this is a subtle and beautiful birds. Orange/Red tones hinted through the plumage, the contrast afforded by the black and white retrices and dak feather centres on the scapulars, as well as streaked vent and undertail, ensured this was a bird to savour...the photos speak for themselves.

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