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

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lesser Black Backed Gulls; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 30th August 2010

This bird was late to arrive on site, it can be assumed it fledged later than the bird below as it still reatains all of its juvenile scapulars to date. Compare with the bird below...


Note here the post juvenile moult has begun, the bird displaying six second generation scapulars, this individual appeared in mid July...

Two first calenders here from yesterday. Instructive comparison in moult progress. Both are now familiar to me and have been present at the site for some weeks now...

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