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 03, 2017

Ural Owl; Stockholm City; 3rd December 2017

It is impossible to ignore a bird of this calibre when it it so close to home, so when the rain cleared after a miserable morning, I was out the door like a shot with the camera. On arrival I was delighted to find the owl sitting in open area of trances, allowing a clear line of sight. For a while there was even some decent light and I took full advantage and utilized the DSLR in the hope of getting a few decent images. A passing Magpie decided not to pass and the resulting fireworks between the two birds were memorable to say the least. Without a doubt my best shots of this impressive bird to date. The bird is now present for it's sixteenth day...