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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fieldfare Sketches

Been a while once I did any drawing from life, these Fieldfares were drawn today from my kitchen window. there are twenty or so of these birds present at a time feeding on berries out the back garden and it took me being housebound due to the sore throat and chest to get around to looking at them properly. The birds have been present for some days now and generally are most noticeable ay first light when they can be heard calling. They make good subjects to draw as they often spend time at rest, when they stay reasonably still. 


Måns Sjöberg said...

I haven't visited your blog for quite a while but it's always worth coming back. These sketches are awesome!

Alan Dalton said...

Hi Måns, nice to have you back and hope you are well!