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

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Baltic Gull; 1st Calendar; Skeppsbron; 1st August 2015

 Overhead, a first calendar Baltic Gull against a blue sky. Nice view of the underparts here...


 BIRD (A) Underparts, classic Baltic Gull...
 BIRD (A) Above and Below; A couple of nice flight shots of the same individual, which showed very well today...




 BIRD (A) Could be overlooked on the water this one. Note the pattern on the tertials...


 BIRD (B) A darker individual this one. The same bird at rest below. 





BIRD (B)  The same dark individual, showing the underparts.


 BIRD (C) Altogether a paler bird, with light coffee tones in the plumage, a very nice bird..


 BIRD (C) Wonderful views today of several young Baltic Gulls.


 A couple of flight shots, note the dark primaries, greater coverts and tail pattern along with long winged appearance..







 BIRD (D) Wing Stretch


 BIRD (D) Very close this one, just a few metres..


 BIRD (D)


 Not all that easy to pick out amongst Herring Gull juveniles, as this photo demonstrates...


Direct comparison with Herring Gull juvenile here...

Wonderful morning at Skeppsbron were there were a lot of gulls today. Around 30 Adult Baltic Gulls, 5 Sub Adult Baltic Gull, 11 1st Calendar Baltic Gull were present, the latter being a very high number. Also the were 10 juvenile Argentatus Herring present, though no sign of any second calendar  LBBG today, not the Omissus type Herring Gull. The sun was out and the light generally good for photography...

Baltic Gull; Skeppsbron; 1st August 2015

 A sub adult bird, probably in 4th calendar year. Note the absence of moult.


 Adult Baltic Gull.


 Adult in flight. Single small mirror on P10, very close to feather tip.


Calling adult Baltic Gull...

A handful of images of Adult and sub adult Baltic Gull from Skeppsbron this morning...

Argentatus Herring Gull; Skeppsbron; 1st August 2015

 1st Calendar in front in front of a 4th calendar bird...


 1st Calendar, as fresh as they come...


 1st Calendar. The variation in the tertial pattern is enormous...


 1st Calendar showing classic greater coverts..


 A 2nd Calendar bird here, pale headed and drew attention initially. Raising its wings, it showed the classic coffee coloured vermiculations on the underwing, indicating argentatus...


 2nd Calendar in heavy moult...


 2nd Calendar, the same bird as above with wings raised...


 3rd Calendar, note the bill colouration..


 Another 3rd Calendar bird..

4th Calendar bird in flight...


A selection of images from this morning of Argentatus Herring Gull from Skeppsbron.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Juvenile Baltic Gull; Skeppsbron; 31st Jult 2015

 BIRD (A). What a stunner. A fresh juvenile light morph Baltic Gull, it doesn't get much better than this. The bird appeared suddenly after about an hour at the site, only staying briefly. Beautifully marked, with chocolate brown upper parts with broad creamy feather edges, pale head and underparts.



 BIRD(A). Ghostly in flight from underneath, with restricted markings on the underwings. A wonderfully marked bird which made my day...


 BIRD (A). Above and below, the same light bird in flight from above. Incredibly striking bird and it has been a few years since I have seen one this pale.





 BIRD (A). Again the pale individual in flight, nice to get some good shots of this bird.



 Another bird, this perhaps one of the three birds below, which drifted past me. Luckily I got this shot, one of the best of the day. A nice view of the underwing here, showing more typical dark markings...


 BIRD (B). A rather dark individual and possibly a sibling to the two birds below. Dark facial mask, well marked underparts, dark upper parts and thin coffee fringes.



 BIRD (B). Same bird as above, wing stretching.



 BIRD (C). A sinular type to the above bird and seemed to be attended by and adult, so I think a sibling to the other two it was resting close to. Again a darkish the on the deck..



 BIRD (C). Stretching in this shot, showing the auxiliaries very nicely...



 BIRD (D). The last bird, again though a sibling. Similar general appearance to the other, though a little paler overall, with more striking, paler finger to the caps, covert's and tortillas. A very nicely marked bird this one..
 BIRD (D). Quite active and more mobile than the other two birds on the dock, perhaps the oldest of the three?
 BIRD (D). A nice view of the underwing here as the bird moved around. Quite playful this one and often raised its wings...



 BIRD (D). Above and below. Playing with a piece of plastic, always a worry these birds will come to harm to to human litter...








BIRD (D). Flying away, giving a nice view of the tail pattern, pretty much typical of juvenile Baltic Gull in my experience...

A wonderful day watching gull at Skeppsbron, despite the large numbers of tourists, who probably think me bonkers. Early on I spent my time looking at the Herring Gulls carefully, among which the Omissus type was still present. After a brief spell looking at the sub adult Baltic Gulls and looking for signs of moult, my attention was grabbed in no uncertain fashion when an absoloubtly stunning pale morph Baltic Gull, a fresh juvenile bird, dropped in close by. It hung around for fifteen minutes of so and gave super views. Later I went walkabout after a couple of intermediate types flew by and eventually I located three fresh juveniles on the dock near Slussen, enjoying wonderful views of what I think are three local siblings.

Herring Gull; 1st Calendar; Skeppsbron; 31st July 2015

 Above and below; A stunning fresh juvenile Argentatus Herring Gull...





Detail, showing the piano notched greater covert's and the tertial markings.

Juvenile Argentatus Herring Gulls are now starting to appear in small numbers at Skeppsbron and this was a stunning fresh bird, which was very tame indeed. A beuatifully marked individual, nice to refamiliarlze myself with this plumage...