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, March 21, 2013

Fieldfares and Blackbird; Acrylic on Canvas

Fieldfares and Blackbird, Acrylic on Canvas(60cmx40cm)

Still pushing to get some painting done over the end of the winter, which has returned here in earnest. Fresh snowfalls have seen a jump in numbers in Fieldfare locally, no doubt early returning birds. There are several in my back garden as a result and there is much squabbling going on with the resident Fieldfares. Though common birds here, they make good subjects and I though a group scene would look well. On the day I fancied using acrylic paint and getting plenty of it on to the canvas. In keeping with recent work, this piece was drawn and painted quickly, with a minimum of fuss.

Friday, March 15, 2013

New Watercolours

 Spring Return; Woodlarks


A couple of new watercolours here. Both on Arches 200g paper, both around A3 in size..

Monday, March 11, 2013

Snow Buntings; Watercolour and a Common Gull study..

 A watercolour painting of Snow Buntings, completed from fieldwork done at Hammarby. The piece is around A3 in size and turned out quite well...

Common Gulls. Here is a study done at home on the couch, this one off the top of my head after seeing some roosting birds yesterday as Skeppsbron. This piece may well be developed further at the studio..

Some recent watercolour work, very nice to work with this medium again...

Watercolour Sketches; Snow Bunting and Kestrel

 Kestrel Hovering; A quick watercolour sketch made whilst the bird was hovering above the hillside. The bird was often on view...

A few watercolour sketches of male Snow Buntings made in the field, the birds feeding in typical habitat, a rocky hillside on the sunlit side of the ski hill in Hammarby. Very nice to get such good views, though the cold was a problem and the brushes had to be heated in the hands after begining to freeze and turn rigid...

A few pages of watercolour fieldwork from a recent trip to Hammarby. A small group of snow Buntings was a very nice suprise on the day...

Mute Swans; Skeppsholmen; March 2013

A few images here of Mute Swans from Skeppsholmen, where these birds were close by in dappled light. They made great subjects...