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, October 26, 2012

Migrating Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Landsort; October 2012

Shot here of Lesser spotted Woodpeckers, a species not normally associated with migration. Small numbers of migrating birds are occasionally recorded migrating at Landsort, though this year there seems to be a very marked migration of the species. Birds have been recorded this autumn in Finland, moving in large numbers. This has been reflected on Landsort, with small numbers recorded moving southwest. Several birds were resting on the island and I witnessed several birds actively migrating overhead during my stay...

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