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.

1 comment:

Sharon Whitley said...

very nice Alan - I remember having fieldfares in a tree near my garden and trying to tempt them into the garden with halved apples on the ground - but no luck! Beautiful birds to come and visit our country from Sweden!