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, January 24, 2011

Herring Gulls, 2nd Calender Argentatus; January 2011

A rather large deep chested bird. The bill has lightened slightly in tone since last autumn. The mantle and scapulars have been moulted and second generation feathers are apparent. Note the first generation covert's and tertials, along with the brownish, rounded primaries.


A paler bird than above, though generally speaking all of the points made for the above bird apply to this one also...

This bird rather dark and well marked on the head...


Another bird resting in the sun...



Images here taken for reference albums, all of the above are Argentatus Herring Gull just coming into their second calender year...

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