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, March 16, 2010

Mediterranean Gull; Dalkey; March 2010

A full summer adult bird was more than I had hoped for on the day, it performed for the camera at close range to boot. Delighted with these shots of what is a stunning bird...

My number one target species of the trip. I really wanted some good images of this species and headed for Dalkey, where the species is rarely absent. Bright sunshine greeted me at Bullock harbour where I quickly picked up two 3rd calender birds, though at distance. Waited a while and began feeding bread and was delighted when a bird appeared amongst the Herring and Black Headed Gulls. A superb adult in full summer plumage, more than i had hoped for. It gave itself up in glorious light on the rocks, the images speak for themselves. A really handsome bird this, complete blackish hood, eye crescents and ghostly white wing appearance.
This species now breeds in south east Ireland and has increased in numbers steadily over the years, now a regular bird on the east coast.

1 comment:

Gary Keimig said...

Great bird blog and photography