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

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sound Recordings; Hällögern, Västerbotten; July 2018

Black-throated Loon

Eurasian Oystercatcher

Eurasian Kestrel

Red Crosbill 'type D' flight calls

Red Crosbill 'type C' flight calls

A selection of the latest sound recording I have made during my stay on the island of Hällögern, Västerbotten. High summer is not the best time to be birding at this location and opportunities for sound recording are not great. In addition, there is much noise pollotion in the area due to boat engines, jet skiing, human disturbance and chainsaws. Nevertheless, some decent recordings have been downloaded to Xeno-Canto in the last few days, which I have posted here. The Black-throated Loon and Crossbill recording were recorded in the early hours after sunrise, which is currently at 03.00am. The Kestrels are breeding on the island, as are a pair of Oystercatcher, which have recently fledged a single juvenile.

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