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

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Great Black-backed Gull; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 22nd August 2010

Note the large angled bill with very prominent gonys. Fresh feathered, a very nice gull to look at.


Size alone is a good feature, not the biggest individual, yet still noticably bulkier than Herring Gull...

Here you can see the delicately marked head and breast, second year birds show whiter in this area. Lovely fresh first generation feathers on view here, note the tertial pattern and thin pale fringes on the new primaries...


Photos here of a first calender year Great Black-backed Gull from Skeppsbron today, the first I have manged to get shots of this year...

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