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

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Two-barred Crossbills; Lötsjön, 31st January 2015

A return trip to Solna today to have another look at Two-barred Crossbill. Apart from needing it for the year list, the word was that these birds had now stripped the top of their favourite tree, a Larch which has fed them all winter. The result was that the birds were now feeding low down and giving superb views.On arrival there were four birds on view, a superb adult male and three female types. The views were stunning and I took the time to digiscope some photos as well as a lot of video footage. In addition I recorded the birds call externally and added the better quality audio to the video footage after editing.The calls from were given by the female birds it seemed, a rather excited call in response to a passing Goshawk. A quite wonderful morning, these are so full of character, it is always a pleasure to see them well.
A walk around the lakes saw me add two other species to my year list, with the female Shoveler still present, as well as the 2nd calendar Moorhen.

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