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, August 26, 2018

Ågesta; 26th August 2018


 Whinchat; Juvenle

 Tree Sparrow

 Red backed Shrike were feeding around Mysvik and giving superb views as they did so. The light was good and I decided to make an effort to digiscope the five juveniles present.

A cracking morning spent at Ågesta Nature Reserve. On arrival I spent some time at Mysvik and almost immediately my main target species was in the bag as I found a Bluethroat foraging around the area. It quickly became apparent it was not alone, with at least three birds present. As usual, they were difficult to photograph and I had to be content with excellent views. It had a real feel of autumn this morning, with Yellow Wagtails in the fields and Tree Pipits on the move. Red back Shrikes were very much in evidence, along with some pristine juvenile Whichat. I enjoyed all these at my leisure. Another treat at the lake came in the form of a perched Hobby, which was making sallies out over the lake after Dragonflies. I watched the bird for some time before moving along. A Marsh Harrier was the best at the pumphouse, though a lot of Swallow were moving south overhead. Autumn is now very much in the air....

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Caspian Gull; Skeppsbron; Stockholm; 12th August 2018

Images here of a stunning juvenile Caspian Gull from Skeppsbron today, a cracking find by Dirk Van Gainsberg. He rang me as soon as he was sure of the identification and I was able to get there quickly and gain 40 minutes with th bird, which showed very well, as is typical at this site.