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

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gulls, Stockholm; 28th December 2009


1st Calender bird and a real brute this one. This is in actual fact a Herring Gull, race Argentatus! A rather dark bird, with solid dark primaries, nonetheless a Herring Gull, albeit a very interesting one. Initially identified this bird as a Lesser Black Backed Gull, ignoring the obvious bulk and structure, which point firmly to Herring Gull, note for example the short primaries...

Another very dark backed Gull; sub adult bird on the water, extensive dark grey on the mantle and scapulars, Some very worn feathers on the greater and median coverts. Again I misidentified this bird as well due to the remarkably dark tones, putting it down as a Lesser Black Backed Gull. Once the dark tones are discounted the structure is obvious as belonging to that of Herring Gull, note again the short primaries and the general bulk....

Edit; This bird has now been reevaluated and is actually thought to be a Lesser Black-backed Gull as I initially thought, the tones on the back are too dark for Argentatus? The bird is large however and not as dark as Fuscus should be. The structure too is rather off for fuscus, this bird being rather thickset in general, looks rather short winged and is possibly a bird of race intermedius/graelsii, though further determination of race may be impossible to establish....


A couple of photos taken in the afternoon of two dark Gulls which were present today at Skeppsbrön, close to the city centre. The first bird I misidentified due to exceptional dark tones in the plumage as Lesser Black Backed Gull, an object lesson in giving common birds a closer look before jumping to conclusions...

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