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

Monday, April 21, 2014

Slavonian Grebes; Territorial disputes; Marsta; 21st Aprril 2014

Launching into full attack mode....

A stunning experience this morning observing early season slavonian Grebes disputing nest sites on their return. The stakes are high when it comes to securing a good nest site and the level of aggression reflected this. The birds were constantly attacking a pair in prime territory in order to take a small patch of reeds for themselves, by far the best nest site on the small lake. These repeated attacks allowed me to get some remarkable images of a normally rather placid species...

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