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

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ring Billed and Mediterranian Gulls; Bull Island, Dublin, December 2006

Both of these birds were present on the evening of the 28th December on the full tide roost to the north of the causeway. A second, more distant Ring Billed Gull was also present briefly. Both these species are now regular on the island, with the same individuals present over most of the winter. Top picture is the Mediterranian Gull, an adult bird. The second shows both birds among Black Headed and Common Gulls, whilst the bottom four all depict the Ring Billed Gull, again an adult bird.