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

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Black Headed Gulls; Skeppsbrön; September 2009

Adult Black Headed Gull in Flight, right over my head...

Black Headed Gull; 1st Calender bird scolding another bird nearby. Still a lot of juvenile markings on this bird..

Adult Black Headed Gull, already in full winter plumage...

Resting 1st Calender Black Headed Gull.
A few shots of Black Headed Gull taken yesterday at Skeppsbrön. A very common species around Stockholm. Back in Ireland flocks of these birds often hold species like Mediterrean Gull, Ring Billed Gull and and rarely Bonapartes Gull. Any of these species would be an real rarity here in Stockholm, plenty of incentive to keep an eye on the gulls at this site throughout the coming winter...

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