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
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

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Skeppsholm; 5th October 2010

Herring Gull 1st Calender; A remarkably dark individual. The darkest bird in this age group seen at the site in two years. A small percentage show dark coloration. Greater covert pattern of interest, not typical piano key notching as on would expect in Argentatus.

The same bird again. Note the new second generation scapulars, classic Herring Gull pattern, if a little dark. The areas on the head, breast and flanks very dark, a coffee brown tone. The bill is rather small and the legs appear short, possibly a female bird.

A pristine light morph fuscus Lesser Black-backed Gull, a first calender bird. Three were present at the site today. Notably it seems all the adult birds have left in the last week, none noted today...

A second calender Argentatus Herring Gull, a pale bird. Lots of photos taken today of Herring Gull in many age groups, the photos have been uploaded and added to my reference albums which can be found in the margin of the blog...
Back to Skeppsbron today after nine days away from Stockholm, nice to be back. Just under 70 Herring Gull present, including several new birds. Nothing rare today, but a few birds of interest, all photographed.

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