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 25, 2017

Common Redstart; Nacka Reserve; 25th June 2017

An evening walk around Nacka Reserve was very enjoyable, taking in the breeding woodland species. I had nice views on Pied Flycatcher, as well as a wonderful flyby in the form of two juvenile Goshawks at close range, which were soon mobbed by the local Comon Terms over the lake at Dammtorp. Spotted Flycatcher were also feeding yound, whilst Wood Warbler were still trilling in the woods. Best of all were stunning views of a male Common Redstart, which was very agitated. It took me some time to work out what had vexed the bird, it was very skitish and obviously scolding something. In the end, the culprit proved to be a Mink, moving along the bushes along the lakeside. In any case, I was able to get some nice photos and video of the bird, which was a stunner...
Some nice video of the encounter below...

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