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, April 18, 2012

Landsort; 17th April 2012

Up at 04.15am for some breakfast and then straight to norra Udden to watch migration there. Lots of activity on the sea, thousands of Eider and hundreds of Long-tailed Duck were busy courting around the island. At least three White Tailed Eagle harried them on occasion, giving great views in the early morning. Before long settled down to watch, this proved difficult as I was alone and there was a lot to cover, no doubt I missed birds. The following totals were reached before the weather broke and I left the watchpoint..

9,444 Eider, 993 Long-tailed Duck, 158 Velvet Scoter, 77 Razorbill, 1 Arctic Tern, 9 Red-throated diver, 8 Whooper Swan, 57 Curlew, 111 Common Scoter, 1 Black-throated Diver, 18 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Black Guillemot, 18 Chaffinch, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Dunnock, 2 Skylark, 6 Mistle Thrus, 17 Redwing, 7 Linnet, 9 Woodpigeon, 1 Rock Pipit, 1 Arctic Skua, and a Pochard...

Not a lot of photos taken due to bad light, though a good mornings birding all the same...

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