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

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fysingen, Red-necked Phalarope and Broad-billed Sandpipers, 28th May 2014

Above, record shots of Red-necked Phalarope...

My first visit to Fysingen in a very long time, too long in fact. This is a truly wonderful birding site and it was great to be back. On arrival I headed straight for where I knew the main attraction had been seen earlier in the morning, a Red-necked Phalarope. Locals had the bird lined up and it was that simple, I was finally looking at my first Red-necked Phalarope. How this species has managed to elude me for so long is something of a mystery to me, I have dipped quite a few and just never come across one whilst in the field. It was worth the wait though, I had glorious views of what is probably a female bird. It was a Little distant for photos, though the reach given to me by way of digiscoping was invaluable on this occasion. I watched the bird feeding in the same small area for an hour Before moving on.
 There was more to come though. After setting up over Srtoms Mad I had a fine male Garganey fly past, very nice. A mixed colont of Black/headed Gulls and Common Terns was busy incubating their cluthes of eggs, whilst breeding Lapwing, Shoveler, Gadwall and Redshank were all present. Two pairs of Little--ringed Plover were also nice to view, whilst a stunning pair of Marsh Harriers gave fantastic scope views. An Osprey put in an appearance briefly, whilst a Citrine Wagtail was heard call, but not seen. The species is breeding at the site, a rare occurence in Sweden. After some time I clocked three small waders flying in and as they landed I got the scope on them. I was delighted to behold three cracking Broad-billed Sandpipers! The birds were in view for a few minutes, before they dissapeared into low grasses and were lost from view.
 Later I made my way to the tower and checked the hundreds of hirundines and Swifts low over the lake. A Great Reed Warbler sang close by but was not in view. Sedge Warblers and a few Reed Warblers were also noted, whilst Thrush Nightingale song boomed from the thickets. I headed off from aholmen after a great day, I will not be waiting too long to return to this site again...

Click on the link below for record video of the Phalarope...

Click on the link below for Osprey video taken today..

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