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, May 29, 2014

Tyresta National Park, a day digiscoping with the Panasonic GH4




 Above, four digiscoped images of Wood Warbler from today...all ISO800

 Common Crane

A female Teal at rest at Ovre Karret...

A day out at Tyresta National Park proved rather difficult. A bank holiday meant the lakes were busy with swimmers and picnic blankets, thus the local Black throated Divers on Flaten were not to be found. I managed 50 species during the few hours I wandered around and spent some time with a lovely displaying Wood Warbler. Eventually i got some shots of the bird..
 At the marshland area at Ovre Karret I had distant views of breeding Common Crane, Whooper Swan, Teal, Goldeneye. Common Swifts were here in numbers and I spent some time watching them peform stunning aerial manouveres, often whizzing past my head. Othe nice birds included displaying Pied Flycatchers, Red backed shrike, Garden Warbker, Blackcap, Coal Tit, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Lesser spotted Woodpecker, Common Buzzard, Siskin, Hawfinch and others. as with recent Days it was very windy indeed, this has not helped birding in general, due to cold tempertures. I am looking forward to finding some coperative avian subjects, in order to really put the GH4 through its paces.
 So far I am very, very impressed with the camera. I am begining to get my head around the still images, with better conditions I Think the camera really will shine...

Selected bird species seen on the day...
Willow Warbler 11, Treecreeper 2, Garden Warbler 4, Blackcap 11, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1, Jay, Common Tern, Pied Flyctcher 5, Redwing 2, Coal Tit 3, Red backed Shrike 1, Crossbill 5, Wood Warbler 1, Bullfinch 1, Teal 6, Swift 75, Goldeneye 8, Slavonian Grebe, Crane 2, Whooper Swan 2, Hawfinch, Green Sandpiper 1, Green Woodpecker 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2.

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