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
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Two-barred Crossbill; Adult Males; Uppsala; 24th January 2012

Two-barred Crossbill. A bird I have seen a few times this winter due to the eruption, though never managed any really close up shots, mind you I was happy with the few decent images I did get. Then yesterday I saw Zacke Svennson's images of Two-barred Crossbills at Fålhagen, Uppsala. The birds, which he found at a stand of Larch trees in the suburbs, were feeding low and fearlessly, allowing incredibly close approach. Many thanks to Zacke for the directions kindly provided...
 I got onsite early and quickly located two birds on call. Soon there were at least seven birds high up in the tress. After a while I saw a few birds split from the flock and drop down to the trees near the road. I approached quietly. A second calender male, a female and two adult males the proceeded to give me the most incredible views, down to just a few inches. It was an incredible experience to have these birds right in front of me feeding and calling. They were so close, in fact, I had to step back constantly to allow the camera to focus. I spent a few hours photographing and watching these stunning, characterful birds at incredibly close quarters. Quite simply one of the most incredible bird encounters of my life, the photo's speak a thousand words..


Flavipes said...

Fantastic pics Alan! Wonderfaul birds they are! Very intressting to se how they hold the larch cones with their foots! I will try again tomorrow.

Alan Dalton said...

Thanks Zacke..
Indeed, they are almost like parrots, the legs are so very dextrous. Good luck tomorrow, hope the light improves...Alan.

Anonymous said...

Stunning collection of pictures! This looks like a wonderful experience! Dirk

Alan Dalton said...

Hi Dirk,
Was nice to have these birds right in front of me after previous views of the species, high up in the trees!