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, May 21, 2012

Hjälstaviken; 16th May 2012

 Meadow Pipit

 Little Gulls; An adult and sub adult bird over the open water...

Greylag Goose

Another trip to Hjälsta in the afternoon, arrived to a choir of Skylark, Willow Warbler and a couple of Pied flycatchers. I headed for the tower where a Bittern was booming from the reeds to the northwest. Over the lake were 5 Little Gulls. Yellow Wagtails were everywhere, whilst a male Garganey flew past. At least 80 Common Crane drew my attention and I spent a few minutes sketching them. Then a call went up from a birder beside me and soon a harrier came into view to the north. After close scrutiny it was revealed to be another Pallid Harrier, a second calender male and my second of the week! Ir sayed in view for five minuted, though later I would have a second view at 16.30. Despite searching carefully there was no sign of the two White-winged black Terns seen earlier in the morning, a real pity. A calling Cuckoo was my first of the year as I headed home...

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