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
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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lesser Black Backed Gull; Skeppsbron; 18th July 2010

A fresh plumaged 1st calender bird, the first large gull of it's age group seen at the site this year. Note especially the tertials here. Initially thought this bird to be a Caspian Gull, though helpful comments from others pointed towards a Lesser Black-backed Gull. The patterning on the greater covert's is a key feature on this bird, bold notching as opposed to the fine markings one might expect to find on a Caspian Gull of this age.


Underwing well marked on this bird....

The upperwing pattern.. Unfortunatly the bird only present briefly and did not afford any real opportunity for better flight shots. Watched the bird fly towards Skeppsholmen where it loafed about for ten minutes before heading towards Grona Lund and out of view....

The first bird of the year. The bird only present for a few minutes today, a rather small bird and probably a male. Have been on site every day since the first of the month now and this is the first large gull of this age group this year.

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