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

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Glaucous Gull; Skinnarviksberget; 6th January 2010

Glaucous Gull, a record shot taken at about 800 metres range, the bird at the centre of the fjord between Sodermalm and City Hall. Even at range the general bulk of the bird was very obvious and the dark tip to the bill was also apparent.


Another record shot of the bird wing stretching, showing the primaries well....

Glaucous Gull is a rarity around Stockholm, so made the effort to see this bird today despite tempertures of a ball numbing 21 degrees below zero. Despite the cold was delighted to locate the bird on the ice with the main gull roost in the centre of the fjord, even at range the birds pale appearance and sheer bulk making it easy to pick out. My first swedish Glacous Gull was enjoyed for about 40 minutes, I even managed a few record shots which will suffice despite the fact they will win no awards. The teeth then began to chatter and it was time to get home, all in all a good result under the conditions...

1 comment:

Raul Vicente said...

Glad you saw the bird! Seems that now when the fiord is freezing over, the gull makes its move to strömmen! Saw the GG there this evening (really bad light though). Perhaps it'll show itself even better in the future!
Sketching time...