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; 21st August 2014

 Velvet Scoter female with Young...

After rain at dawn I managed 80 minutes from 06.20am Before the cursed rain began again. Curlew was added to the trip list early on, whilst 102 Yellow Wagtail, 34 Tree Pipit, 168 Swallow, 25 House Martin, 61 Cormorant, 1 Cuckoo, 5 Brambling, 1 Whooper Swan and a handful of Swift were noted. A thrilling highlight was watching two Hobby hunting for Swallows cooperatively, eventually making a kill after a few thrilling chases. A quite remarkable sight and simply an awesome aerial display.
Again I was rained off, but got back early afternoon when raptors were on the move. A Honey Buzzard juvenile was followed by 4 Common Buzzard and a female Marsh Harrier, Before an Osprey put in an appearance. Later a third calender White Tailed Eagle drifted south. The two best records of the day were an adult Caspian Tern and 6 Temmink's Stint which flew past me Calling, making a trip list total of 71 species after a late Redshank flew in. It will be tough going to add to this in the coming days as expected species are, by and large, already on the list...

 Images below; Marsh Harrier, a second calender female or older, this one well over a kilometre away in the lower picture, whilst in the upper shot a pair of Common Buzzard  at even greater range.

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