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, October 26, 2010

Skeppsbron; 26th October 2010

A very late adult baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull. This bird should have migrated some weeks ago. Inner primaries appear new up to about p4, this bird is perhaps begining active moult now. Normally moult takes place on the winter quarter's...



A second calender Argentatus Herring in flight. Note that the iris is already pale on this bird, the timing of the iris becoming lighter is very variable in these birds. Look at the greyish mantle and scapulars, the wing coverts are also in active moult, in addition to the rather broken tail band. The primaries are old and lack the obvious white mirrors of third year birds at this time of year...

A first calender bird Argentatus Herring here showing the moult complete on the mantle and scapulars. The tertials still first generation and are typically notched. The wera on the frst year birds means that late in year one the head and neck often appear paler. First generation wing covert's are still apparent...


A check today at Skeppsbron revealed one bird I had not expected, a rather late Lesser Black-backed Gull, an adult bird as well. This bird should have left by now, but for whatever reason it has not and it was nice to see today.
Herring Gulls are still present in numbers, hav attached a few shots here with some notes....

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