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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Monday, March 12, 2012

Great Grey Owl; Hagalund; Uppland; 12th March 2012

 The first view of the bird perched, it took a very nice photo too! This is perhaps one of the very best birds in europe..

 The birdspent some time hunting in a small wooded area, often stooping into the grass after voles...

 The bird moed avery few minutes to a new perch, where it listened intently for voles in the grass..

 The bird looking over it's shoulder at a birder. Generally speaking, the bird was not concerned by our presence, though kept an eye on our movements. It being a Monday, not many people were present in any case...

 The sun here causing a problem of shadow...

 The bird hunting in the afternoon on a bright, sunny day. A remarkable sight..

 My first decent in flight shot of the day in warm sunlight..

 The bird perched on a small outhouse. It was remarkable how the bird could change shape and posture...

 A shot of the bird landing..

 Checking out a telegraph post right in front of our position. It the flew upwards and gave amazing close range views..

 Above and below; The bird approached to withing a few metres on this telegraph post right in frony of assembled birder's. An unforgetable experience..

Great Grey in flight is a really impressive sight..

Perhaps the best shot of the session, very happy to get a shot of this calibre..

My best flight shot from late in the evening. The shutter speed in low light blurred the wing moement..

A second visit today to see Great Grey Owl in Ekerö, the bird still present and showing well. There has been a second bird recorded in the last few days at the site, this news and stunning weather saw me make the journey again. I arrived at 13.35 and sat to wait with a small group of a dozen birder's. Afte just over an hour the bird swept out of the forest and across the field and so began five hours of the most wonderful views of Great Grey Owl one might ever wish for. The bird spent some time around a small area of woodland and often showed very well as it hunted. It dissapeared briefly after catching a vole, later reappearing to give amazing views, first on the woodland edge and then out in the open right in front of assembled birder's down to about eight metres. It hunted in front of us for 45 minutes before dusk set in and the group dwindled and left the area to the unting owl. A quite remarkable experience...

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