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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hällögern; Monday 24th June

Most of the day was spent on maintenance of the summer cabins, with the roofs needing painting in order to weatherproof them. Then the outboard motor needed repair and this took all day before the part required was identified. 
Eventually I got out Olin the early evening. 3 Curlew overhead were very nice to start with. I had though there might be little passage thus time of year, however there were a few birds moving and I was in for a good evening. A group of Wood Sandpiper went over, very nice indeed, though among them came the loud call of a Spotted Redshank. This cracking bird dropped in and fed distantly, though the views through the scope were excellent. This has to be one of the best waders in the world in summer dress, what a stunner! Next surprise came soon after, a harsh grating call drew my full attention before I located the culprit. An adult Caspian Tern fished over the water, a magnificent sight..
 I would of been quite happy with the above, however, there were more gems to come. I was scanning the area when My eye was drawn to a small gull with a rather dark, extensive hood. My initial suspicions were soon confirmed when the bird took to the air, a lovely adult summer Little Gull. A short time later another flew through my field of view, I soon realized there were in fact three birds present, two adult and a second calender bird. My first record of the species on the island and I was well pleased. I photo graphed these birds before simply enjoying the views. Nearby a Willow Warbler sang, whilst overhead Red Throated Divers flew past calling. The four Scaup were still present though distant. I spent the evening outside the cabin taking in the sounds of northern Sweden, Crane trumpeting, the distant calls of Red Throated Divers too. A Brambling called across the water, new for the trip, just as I headed indoors at 11pm, the sun still beaming down with dawn only three hours away!

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