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

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fuscus Second Calender; Skeppsbron; 14th July 2010

The bird at rest on the water below me. Not the dark mark at the tip of the bill. The eye is still dark and juvenile. Some new feathers are present on the mantle and scapulars and show slate grey. Early stages of moult also on the wing lesser and median coverts. The primaries are heavily worn...


Upperwing. Most notable here is the begining primary moult. Primaries 1 and 2 have been shed and new second generation primaries are growing in their place....

A shot showing the underwing. Fairly clean on the coverts with a modest amount of marking.


In flight with Common Gull. A nice view of the tail here, pretty well demarciated, the uppertail and rump contrastinly clean whitish...


Not had too much opportunity to photograph fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gulls in second calender year plumage, so this bird at Skeppsbron was of interest to me. The only bird present in it's age group, despite the fact there are about 40 adult birds present on site....

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