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

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Landsort, a long weekend birding; 19th-22nd October 2012

A quick note to say I am moving for Landsort for four full days birding. It's a little late in the autumn, however, that can mean a good bird nevertheless. With my year list around Stockholm at 193 species, I would like to break the 200 species mark for 2012. Landsort should give me a few species at least..
Reasonable target species will include dark bellied Brent Goose, Purple Sandpiper, Long Eared Owl, Nutcracker, Peregrine Falcon, Twite, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting and Parrot Crossbill. A little better, though annual species to hope for might include Yellow Browed Warbler, Pallas Warbler or Tengmalm's Owl. The latter species is right up there on my wish list..
A rarity is always an outside possibility from the east, with species such as Olive Backed Pipit currently turning up in northern Britain in good numbers, you never know...
I'll be bringing the camera and the sound recording gear, so hopefully, there will be a bit of movement to document. More regular species, such a Waxwing, thrushes and finches should offer a nice backdrop. At sea too, there should be some action in the mornings. Will blog from the island via iPhone, on my return the photos and any sound recordings will follow..

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