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

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Herring Gull 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 28th August 2010

Classic Herring Gull undewing, notably the coffee brown barring on the axilleries. The pale window on the inner primaries on the upperwing can also be seen here...


Note the new second generation scapulars in this picture, the older birds that hatched early are now begining to moult. Pale on the head to a degree with rather dark tertials, though note the notched fringes nevertheless. This bird drew my attentoin initially, proper inspection of the bird revealed it to be a Herring Gull. Note the heavy bill with prominaent angled gonys here, another pro Herring feature...

The same bird feeding on the water...


Some shots here of a first calender Herring Gull along with captions. About 70 gulls present onsite today, 2 Great Black-backed Gull(2nd Cals), 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls(1st Cals) were the more interesting birds. Coming into September now, hopefully the near future might bring a Caspian Gull. Having watched the site and spent so much time looking at the large Gulls onsite I finally feel I am really getting to grips with these birds, it certainly has been time well spent.

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