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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Hawk Owl: Uppsala; 7th December 2015

There's not a lot better out there in winter than Hawk Owl. This long staying bird at Libroback initially gave Dries Engelen and I the runaround, though when it did appear it gave stunning views as it sat out on the far side of the river. Had we been able to cross without a long trek the views would of been ridiculous. Several people walked right past it on that side of the stream, the bird not moving an inch. This was a real stunner and we were delighted to see it. What a day this would prove to be, with Great Grey Owl to follow later in the afternoon, before the triple whammy was completed when a Ural Owl put in an appearance at dusk. A real red letter day. all the images here were digiscoped with my Panasonic GH4...

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