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, January 14, 2013

Rough-legged Buzzard; Arlanda City; 8th January 2013


This bird was seen whilst searching for Hawk Owl, again, without any joy...

Notwithstanding the dissapointment of dipping on the owl, this was a nice sight as it drifted over the motorway verge. The bird is a fairly straightforward identification, note the dark belly, rather long, whitish tail with dark subterminal tailband, underwing pattern and wing shape. The rather contrasting underside is indicative of Rough-legged Buzzard. The well marked dark trailing edge on the secondaries, along with lightly marked, buff toned underwing covert's and large black belly patch help identify this as a non juvenile female bird, probably an adult.

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