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, July 02, 2013

Little Gull; Hällögern; June 29th 2013


Shots here of a superb Little Gull, a pristine adult in full summer plumage. I had seen up to three birds in a day during my stay, though failed to get close to these birds. I wasn't untill the last morning that I found this bird patrolling a beat along the shore of a nearby bay and i used the rowing boat to get close to the bird. Really happy to get these shots, the species is scarce around Stockholm and these are the first good images of the species I have managed here in Sweden.

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