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, June 05, 2016

Birding at Ågesta; 16th May 2016

 A female Goldeneye guards a single remaining duckling, the rest were absent and probably predated.

A Sedge Warbler takes a break from singing...

A brief morning visit to Ågesta was very enjoyable despite the fact there was nothing unusual around. There was plenty to enjoy however. After carefully checking the damp area near the road for Jack Snipe and other waders I managed a few Wood Sandpipers in the long grasses as well as Lapwing and a single Common Snipe.
 Barn Swallow and House Martin were busy nest building around the barns, whilst a couple of Common swift over the lake were my first of the year. From the observation tower there was a single Slavonian Grebe, Common Pochard, Goldeneye with young, Sedge Warbler, Western Marsh Harrier, Osprey, Water Rail, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Coot, Gadwall and other common species. 
I checked through the gulls carefully at the colony and was dissapointed that Caspin Tern were not present. I moved on, enjoying views of Sedge Warbler in song flight, Common Whitethroat in display and Red Warbler in song. At the pumphouse there were more Wood Sandpipers, a pair of displaying Common Crane, Common Buzzard, Moorhen, Common Snipe, Redshank and a Goshawk. A Cuckoo have brief views as it moved through the woodland calling. I took some mor video footage as I went and later edited the mornings footage. A nice relaxing morning on this wonderful reserve...

Kingfisher; Tyresö Slott; January 2016

Finally got around to editing some nice footage of this wonderful female Common Kingfisher from Tyresö Slott. The bird was present at Follbrinkstrommen during a deep freeze and was a real star. I popped out to see the bird on seeing that it was approachable and managed my best video footage of this stunning species to date. Kingfishers are a very scarce species arround Stockholm due to the cold winters and it was very nice to see this bird at this site, which is a favourite place of mine...

As always, the footage is best viewed in the highest definition your computer can handle, this is available in 4K.