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, August 21, 2014

Hällögern; 20th August 2014

Sand Martin at rest; digiscoped at around 400m. For this trip I decided to digiscope and save myself lugging around a lot of camera gear in order to be able to sketch, little did I know it would rain constantly...

Again, I awoke to pounding rain and heavy grey skies. Eager to get out as I was there was no Point in going out in such bad weather as nothing was passing over at all and it was 08.20am Before it stopped. On arrival at the tip of the Island I picked up a few bedraggled Chiffchaff and a single Willow Warbler in the alders, reminding me this place must have potential in autumn proper. Three Teal and a couple of Ringed Plover were soon added to the trip list. After just twenty minutes the heavens reopened and I was forced to quit. I remained housebound until the evening when it cleared nicely and I could get out and enjoy some visible migration. Soon, Yellow Wagtails really started to pile over, as did hirundines. Acouple of adult Spotted Redshank floated by in stunning black dress, whilst 2 Pintail were more unexpected, my first ever on the island. Then a juvenile Marsh Harrier floated southwards. Final migrant totals for a few hours were excellent as the birds took advantage of a brief window of decent weather. 566 Swallow, 48 Swift, 323 Yellow Wagtail, 8 Common Crane and 15 Common Crossbill among the birds recorded. Then a real treat as a pair of Hobby hunted Swallow overhead, Before a big juvenile Goshawk appeared from nowhere and took a juvenile Black-headed Gull over the water in front, making this an evening to remember. Wonderful stuff..
Trip list now at 64 species after day 2...

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