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

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Herring Gull; Rästasjön; 15th January 2011

Argentatus 2nd Calender. This bird just begining it's second calender year, note the mantle and scapulars are all second generation feathers, the juvenile feathers have long since been moulted. The inner tertials have been dropped. Also of interest the pale tip on the bill and beginings of a two toned appearance...


Argentatus 3rd Calender. Note the advanced moult of the upperwing feathers in comparison the the bird above, which is a year younger. Another obvious advance can be seen on the bill, the yellow tones indicating a bird at least in it's third calender year. Note the fresh grey inner tertial...

Adult Argentatus in winter plumage at rest on the ice...


Some images here of Argentatus Herring Gulls at rest at Rästasjön....

No comments: