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, December 20, 2015

Hawk Owl; Libroback, Uppsala; 7th December 2015 copy

Hawk Owl; As always, a total stunner...

The Libroback Hawk Owl had been present for a few weeks and when a friend, Dries Engelen, arrived from Holland to stay in Stockholm for a few days, it was decided Uppsala was due a visit. Dries had seen Hawk Owl once before, but there was no way we could pass up the chance of another before we set out looking for a Great Grey Owl. We arrived at Libroback early and spent forty minutes looking for the bird in vain. It then suddenly appeared, attracting the attention of several birder's, icluding us. The views were magnificent, a stunning bird as always. We Watched it for an hour before moving on to the woodland site were Great Grey Owl had been reported..

A classic pose. All images digiscoped with panasonic GH4.

Almost falling asleep at one point. No prey was caught whilst we were present, though the bird seems in very good health...

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