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

Monday, January 03, 2011

Colour Ringed Herring Gull; Howth; Dublin; December 2010

A shot here of a first winter argenteaus Herring Gull, the bird seen at Howth Harbour on 21st December 2010 whilst checking the local gulls around the area. The blue ring, with code OCP, is clearly visible in this image. Currently trying to find out where this bird was ringed...


Phil Benstead said...

hi alan

colour ring is Irish.

Chris Honan, 16 The Priory, Westcourt, Drogheda, Ireland.


Have a good 2011


Springman said...

Great blog! Your photography is astounding. You would be invited to contribute to World Bird Wednesday a place for bird bloggers to share their experiences. Check it out at