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, November 08, 2012

Slender Billed Nutcrackers; Viby; 5th November 2012

Finally got to catch up with these two stunning Slender Billed Nutcrackers at Viby. Work and other commitments had kaept me away, thankfully the birds were long stayers and are still present as I post these shots. The birds were attending a small copse of Hazel and were busily collecting Hazelnuts from the leaf litter, which they would then dissapear with, in order to horde them. This would suggest the birds will stay in the area for sometime, as long as their stash of Hazelnuts feeds them. They were both tame and uncincerned by my presence. It is rarely you come across a species with so much character, the birds often stopped to check out what I was doing, bounding around the place with their heads cocked to the side. No nook or cranny was left unchecked, they looked everywhere for Hazelsnuts, often throwing the leaf litter over their shoulders in the process...
 I stayed with the birds for some time and got the shots I wanted. I have occasionally seen the species in autumn, though always fleetingly of distantly. It was a real pleasure to see these birds at a few metres range, an unforgetable experience...

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