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, July 26, 2010

Yellow Legged Gull; Skeppsbron; 26th July 2010





















































The bird still present today and this time really gave itself up to the camera. Fed the bird bread, along with the rest to lure it closer to the camera. Some useful shot gathered here as well as a really good day familiarizing myself with this age groups pertinent features....








Herring Gull; Skeppsbron; 26th July 2010


A 2nd Calender Herring Gull today from Skeppsbron. Variation in these bird continues to amaze me, this bird seeming rather dark to me...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yellow Legged Gull; Skeppsbron; 25th July 2010

Note the marked underwing here and the rather pale headed appearance....


Direct comparison with a Lesser Black-backed gull of the same age. A bigger bird, though the Lsser Black-backed is probably male and small. Generally a strikingly pale bird...

A good view of the uppertail pattern, a solid dark sub terminal band. Tail whitish with some dark flecks...


A good view of the bill. Gonydeal angle pronounced as in Herring Gull...


In flight the secondaries rather dark, also note the inner primaries and the lack of a noticable pale panel as in Herring Gull...


A rather leggy Gull, as seen here...also a good shot showing the dark underwing.


Another comparison shot. Note the long primary projection akin to fuscus...


Upperparts in flight...


Again the dark marings on the underwing. Not the markings on the flanks and undertail, the upper breast also marked...


Uppertail detail...




Images here of a Yellow Legged Gull today at Skeppsbron, a real rarity so far north, a first calender bird. The bird was found at 2pm. today by a local birder, a very good find indeed. I wandered down to the site at 6pm. unaware the bird had been seen and was suprized to see a group on birders at Tullhus 1. I was duly informed that a Yellow Legged Gull had been seen though was not around as yet. There were new gulls to see today, two new first year Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a first calender Herring Gull, the first of the year. I started feeding bread and after a few minutes a 1st calender bird appeared, largish and very pale around the head. After a while watching the bird I was happy this was indeed my first Swedeish Yellow Legged Gull. The bird was cooperative and remained close in, allowing great views of it's features. Very instructive bird for me this and delighted to see it today....



Yellow Legged Gull; Skeppsbron; 25th July 2010


































More images here of the 1st Calender Yellow Legged Gull from today at Skeppsbron...





Lesser Black-backed Gull; 1st Calender; 24th July 2010

At rest on the water....


In flight showing the well marked underwing...

Rather small headed ans almost pigeonlike shape at times...


A nice shot from behing. Note the greater coverts are well marked, large clean notches. Solid dark tertial centres are another feature of the species.


Good shot of the upperparts in flight. Note "wing panel" formed by the greater covert's, dark inner primaries and lack of a paler panel here as in Herring Gull. Tail pattern shown very well in this shot...

Some better images taken today of the 1st calender Lesser Black-backed Gull at Skeppsbron. The light today was much better, the bird appearing darker as a result. A lovely bird this.






Lesser Black-backed Gulls; Skeppsbron; 24th July 2010

2nd Calender


2nd Calender

2nd Calender


Two adults and the 2nd calender bird...


Lesser Black-backed Gulls from Skeppsbron, about 40 adults on site, along with a single second calender bird. All bird are Fuscus...

Herring Gulls; Skeppsbron; 24th July 2010

A sub adult bird probably in its 4th calender year...


3rd Calender


3rd Calender


2nd Calender


2nd Calender



Herring Gulls posted here from Skeppsbron. Around 50 birds in the area in total, some of which are becoming very familiar to me now with the daily visits to the site.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Skeppsbron


A image here of a calling adult Lesser Black-backed Gull from yesterday at Skeppsbron...