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, July 01, 2018

Purple Hairstreak; Tyresta National Park; 1st July 2018

This was unexpected this morning. Purple Hairstreak is a species I have never seen well before. As it lives high in the canopy of Oak trees, I have seen what I assumed to be this species on several occasions with a fair degree of certainty. However, finding this individual close to the ground today was very nice indeed as I was able to get some cracking images of it at rest. As it flew I was able to see it was indeed deep purple blue on the upperparts, confirming my suspician as to it's identity..

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