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; 18th April 2012

Again, up early for seawatching at dawn, this time at Sodra Udden. The weathe was good, with clear skies and a westerly breeze. No two days are the same on this island and this time the totals were as follows;

11 Brambling, 3 Lesser Black.backed Gull, 86 Chaffinch, 8 Scaup, 27 Razorbill, 482 Common Scoter, 121 Curlew, 21 Meadow Pipit, 20 White Wagtail, 1 Arctic Skua, 6 Skylark, 1,670 Eider, 630 Long-tailed Duck, 59 Starling, 80 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red Necked Grebe, 32 Red-Throated Diver, 1 Black-thraoted diver, 1 Bean Goose and 5 Anser Geese, very likely Pink-footed...

I have no way of downloading images here, so will have to do that when I return home. Right now I,m back out birding...!

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