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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jack Snipe; Ågesta; 23rd April 2012

Record shots here of Jack Snipe, from Mysvik, Ågesta. No less than three of these little waders present today and they gave brilliant views all day through the scope. Although a little distant for the camera, through the scope good detail could be made out and a few sketches were easily made. On arrival local birder's were already present and the birds were present straight away.Often they were in full view as they fed in their characteristic manner, somewhat akin to a sowing machine, with a curious bobbing motion.

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