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

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Landsort; 4th May 2012

Made the journey down to the island of Landsort in the afternoon with John Costello for a few days birding at this superb site. On arrival we got quickly settled in at the observatory, rather dropped everything and got straight out into the field. We went through Bredmar to the north and there came out first migrant, a Chiffchaff, the first yeartick of the trip. Then a glorious patch,  with Lesser Whitethroat leading us to a superb Wryneck which gave us superb views and got the walk off to a great start.Then a stunning spring Redstart! A couple of hours later and we were back for and early night and eager for the dawn vigil next day...

Species of note; 3 Redstart, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Wryneck, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher; 1 Arctic Skua; 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Whinchat.

Photos will be uploaded of this trip on my return to Stockholm in a few days time...

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