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

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Glaucous Gull; Skansen; 25th March 2010

At close range in the Grey Seal enclosure. The bird attends each afternoon at feeding time, 2pm.


At rest on a nearby building with a Grey Heron for size comparison, a big, thickset gull this...

A classic 2nd calender bird, note the large bill, with demarciated dark tip. Bulky, large gull with a rather deep chest, pale creamy brownish overall appearance. The pale primaries are ovious in these shots....


Again the heavy bill, distinctively marked at the tip. Heavier barring visible here on the undertail covert's...


Another close up shot within the seal enclosure...


Finally, after months chasing this beast about Stockholm, at last some decent photos. News broke last week that the bird had been attending the Grey Seal enclosures at Skansen, where it is availing of the fish handouts at feeding time. Apparently the bird has been turning up like clockwork at 2pm. each day since the new year. The bird was first seen in Stockholm in December of last year, but has proved very mobile during it's stay. Good images of the bird have been hard to get, so I am happy to finally get some shots of the bird.
Attended feeding time today and the bird, a 2nd calender, duly flew in at 13.48 and settled on a nearby building allowing some decent shots. It then made a quick smash and grab raid as the seals were being fed and I manged to get a few close up shots, all in all a bit of a result. A rare bird in Stockholm, the species is more regular on the atlantic west coast of Sweden, Glaucous Gull rarely ventures this far north on the eastern baltic coast....

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