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, July 02, 2012

Hoopoe: Gran Canaria; June 2012

Shots here of a pair of Hoopoe I found nesting beside our hotel at Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria. The pair had a nest on a stone wall high on an embankment and were feeding on a small grassy roundabout beside the hotel. The birds were fantastically approachable and allowed me to get some amazing shots, most of which are hardly cropped. Throw in some fantastic light and a quite stunning bird and the result is some beautiful photos, the best I got in my week there...


Anonymous said...

Hi Alan. These hoopoe pictures are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen! Well done! Dirk

nightingalehoop said...

nice birds

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