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, April 10, 2014

Hjälstaviken; 4th April 2014

Eurasian White fronted Geese

A day at the reserve with John costello. arrived to the north to singing Skylark, before we immediately picked up a superb Rough legged Buzzard. Geese were everywhere at Lingbokullen too and there were a lot of eurasian White Fronted Geese present among the Taiga Bean Geese and Greylag Geese. The minimum count came to 185 birds by the end of the day, a very high total. From the tower we had 7 pairs of Pintail, a Curlew, Snipe and 15 Common Crane among the more regular species. Gadwall, Shoveler and White Tailed Eagle followed before we headed to Spangen. Here the highlight were 4 Bearded Tit and a superb male Marsh Harrier, all welcome additions to the yearlist. A superb day all round in glorious conditions. The images here were digiscoped through the Swarovski ATX 95 scope with a Nikon D90 camera body at some range...
Rough Legged Buzzard

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