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, October 22, 2014

1,000,000 Raptors at Batumi, 2014

The moment the 1,000,0000th raptor of 2014 passed Batumi...

A link here to the video in order to record the moment that the one million raptors warm was reached at Batumi in 2014. We needed just 93 birds from first count and it was soon reached with a stream of Steppe Buzzards to the east of the Station.
 John Wright and I had a day off on 1st October, when this occurred and decided to se at Station 1 first thing in order not to miss the moment. Many thanks must go to all the Batumi Raptor counters and coordinators, those who worked all three counting blocks, as well as the BRC team in Batumi. The season was far from over at this point, with 2014 going one to break the record annual total, with an incredible total of 1,384,537 raptors recorded.

Full details and breakdown here at the BRC official website....

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