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 http://www.alandalton.net/
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 alandltn@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Great Grey Owl; Acrylic on Canvas




Great Grey Owl, Acrylic on Canvas (80x60cm)

Latest finished canvas from the studio here...


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Goosanders; Acrylic on Panel





Goosander; Acrylic on Panel (40cmx30cm)

Image here of a painting of Goosanders from sketches taken at Stockholm Strommnen, a small acylic painting on masonite panel...

This is the first painting done at my new artist studio, which I have just moved into. I plan to to do a good deal of painting over the coming winter months at the location...


Monday, November 12, 2012

Pine Grosbeaks; Salems Centrum; Sound Recordings







A couple of sound recordings from a very noisy shopping centre of Pine Grosbeak from today at Salem Centrum, a school also in the background! Hardly ideal, however, still worth recording...

Pine Grosbeak; Salems Centrum; 12th November 2012




































I had initially intended to go to Salems Centrum to see the Pine Grosbeaks found there a few days ago yesterday, though rain and dark, overcast conditions on the day saw me have a rethink. There were blue skies forecast for today and I decided to take a chance and hold off for 24 hours. It was a risky strategy, though it paid off...
 On arrival this morning a group of tightly packed birder's in the corner of the parking lot told me the birds were still present. Not only that, they were incredibly tame! The birds were no more than a metre away at times, photographers having to step back to get focus. The birds were feeding on berries and totally unconcerned by humans. They performed incredibly well for the camera, as can be seen here.
 These birds have been irrupting for the past few weeks and are moving in big numbers right now. I really wanted to catch up on the species, get some photos and maybe record the call. These birds certainly provided the photo opportunities. As regards sound recording, the centrum was very busy and noisy, with a school besode the birds also. Despite this the birds did allow me to record the calls as they fed, albeit with much other noise in the background. I will post this when it has been edited and added to Xeno-Canto.
 All in alll, a quite incredible experience, only the third time I have seen the species, though seeing them so close was amazing. There will perhaps be more of these birds in the near future, should the irruption continue..


Thursday, November 08, 2012

Slender Billed Nutcrackers; Viby; 5th November 2012

































Finally got to catch up with these two stunning Slender Billed Nutcrackers at Viby. Work and other commitments had kaept me away, thankfully the birds were long stayers and are still present as I post these shots. The birds were attending a small copse of Hazel and were busily collecting Hazelnuts from the leaf litter, which they would then dissapear with, in order to horde them. This would suggest the birds will stay in the area for sometime, as long as their stash of Hazelnuts feeds them. They were both tame and uncincerned by my presence. It is rarely you come across a species with so much character, the birds often stopped to check out what I was doing, bounding around the place with their heads cocked to the side. No nook or cranny was left unchecked, they looked everywhere for Hazelsnuts, often throwing the leaf litter over their shoulders in the process...
 I stayed with the birds for some time and got the shots I wanted. I have occasionally seen the species in autumn, though always fleetingly of distantly. It was a real pleasure to see these birds at a few metres range, an unforgetable experience...

Nutcracker; Viby; 5th November 2012




































The remainder of the Nutcracker images from Viby here. Delighted to get such good quality images of the charasmatic and scarce species...


Greater Spotted Woodpecker; Viby; 5th October 2012






A couple of shots here of Greater Spotted Woodpecker taken at Viby, whilst photographing a couple of Nutcracker. This bird was also visiting a Hazel copse and collecting the nuts at ground level...