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

Monday, August 09, 2010

Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1st Calender; Skeppsbrom, 8th Septemder 2010

On first site this bird appeared rather pale....

A close up of the bird at rest...

Another useful shot, note especially here the dark appearance of the inner primaries on the upperwing...


The underwing shown well here...


A good shot of the upperwing in flight. The tail pattern is well seen here, rathere black and white, with a sharply defined and rather even dark tailband...



A nice shot on the birds right side. Note the long wings project well past the tail...



On the deck and coming for bread beside me...



A good view of the well notched greater coverts, the classic piano keyboard pattern...


A first year fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull from Skeppsbron today. A really well marked bird showing a rather pale overall appearance.




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