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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dipper; Tyresta National Park; 22nd Febuary 2012

Out early to Tyresta National Park on what would prove to be a very difficult day due to the weather. On arrival the conditions were dull and overcast, with compacted snow underfoot. After a short time it began to rain and conditions became treacherous as the falling water froze immmediately to form sheet ice, making any purchase on the ground very difficult. Soon I found myself sliding about dangerously and I decided to cut my visit short. I did manage to get my first Goldcrest of the year as I approached the falls at Nyfors, a singing bird in the pines. Then my main target was found at the running water in freezing conditions, Dipper. Two birds were present, probably a breeding pair and the male bird was busy singing and feeding among the rapids. I managed a few shots before deciding to had for home...

 Above and below; shots of a Dipper, a male bird which was singing and feeding at the waterfalls at Nyfors on a very difficult day due to the weather...

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