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 08, 2009

1st Calender Argentatus Herring Gull; Skeppsbron; 8th September 2009

A big, deep chested brute this one. Tertials heavily notched with broad whitish fringes, classic Herring Gull. Also a fine view here of the wing coverts, which are boldly patterned and contain much white. Note the heavy bill,dark markings around the face and well marked breast. The shorter primary projection than Caspian Gull is obvious in profile.

A superb view of the underwing in this very useful shot...

This photo gives a great view of the tail and upper rump, classic Herring Gull. These birds usually show a well marked rump and innertail...

Again the underwing, also the underparts well seen in this frame. The upperwing, visible in this and the above shot, provide a good illustration with regard to the paler inner primaries, which are just in view...

This was a brute of a gull, heavy chested and extremely aggressive towards all others, completely dominating all others to claim the bread I was feeding it!

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