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

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hjälstaviken; 9th May 2012

 Yellow Wagtail

 Little Gulls

 Incubating Lapwing; Biro sketch

Wood Sandpiper; Biro sketch

Here a recording of a Wood Sandpiper flushed whilst recording a few days previously on Lansort, see below,,,

A day out at Hjälsta was seriously hampered by rain, often heavy showers with just brief respite. Arrived at the tower around 3pm. to the only prolonged dry spell of the day. Yellow Wagtails and Wood Sandpipers were everywhere! Over the lake my first Swifts of the year were feeding, among Swallow and House Martin. It wasn't long before I picked up my first target species, a 2nd calender Little Gull, followed by several adults in summer garb. A while later the other, a cracking adult summer Black Tern. I spent a while there looking for other species, Crane, Shoveler, Garganey all evetnually seen...
 Rain returned and I headed south, putting up Wood Sandpiper constatntly, as well as two Ruff. On the to Ekolsunds Slott where I spent three drenched hours searching in vain for the long staying Great Grey Owl. The back to Spängen where I had 4 Sedge Warbler singing before approaching the end of the walkway, there in the reeds the unmisstakeable reeling of Savi' Warbler! Only my secong ever and a swedish first! I did not see the bird before heading off, totally soaked. A tough day but worth the effort...

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