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; Vasterbotten; 22nd June 2013

Arrived in the island at 12.30pm after rowing out. After unpacking went for a look around. As always, Common Gulls and Arctic Terns were everywhere and sitting tight on eggs or young. White Wagtail, Siskin, Chaffinch were around also, whilst so were a surprise breeder, Kestrel. A pair had raised four young in the trees on the island, though they were hard to see well, apart from when the male returned with food.
 Offshore there were plenty of Celver Scoter, a very nice sight. Fifteen were counted with at least six pairs. A number of Red Breasted Mergansers were also present, as we're Goosander, Eider and Tufted Duck. Waders were scarce with a couple of pairs of Redshank, three pairs of Greenshank and a couple of pairs if Common Sandpiper. In the evening Crane trumpeted not far away as I relaxed for the evening, beer in hand...cheers!

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