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, July 04, 2013

Lesser Grey Shrike; Angarn; 3rd July 2013

News that a Lesser Grey Shrike had been found at Angarn came through late morning and saw me drop everything to go for the bird. I had not seen this species in almost 20 years, it was a Swedish tick and being a nice bird, I decided it was worth the effort. I arrived and made my way to Lundbydyket, only to find the bird on show immediately, giving stunning scope views. Though not apparent from these shots the bird was an adult male, with a beautiful, diffuse pink flush across the upper breast and flanks, though this showed well only in certain lights. The bird moved after ten minutes or so, becoming more distant. It was very mobileand eventually moved 500m to an area in farmland, giving only distant views to those arriving later in the afternoon. A stunning bird this and I was very happy to see it...

1 comment:

Moe said...

Very nice! Just last month I found a Greater Grey Shrike in Romania.