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, January 20, 2015

Tyresta National Park; 19th January 2015

A really tough day birding around Tyresta today, the reason for going was to film Dipper among the falls at Nyfors. Quite incredibly, none were present. This was very unusual as the birds are present all year round at this site and late winter sees a paean in numbers, indeed, up to a dozen were recorded here about ten days ago. Why they were not present I do not know, though I will try again in a few weeks.
 The darkness of the weather was also a little tough today, there was generally very little around. The best was a group of 11 Hawfinch seen early one at a known site for the species. Apart from that it was common species all day, with my first Greenfinches of the year among other regular species. I decided to shoot some video footage in the area and put together a small video on my return home, which you can view here. Alas, it is without the expected Dippers!

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