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
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Dark eyed Herring Gull; Skeppsbron; Febuary 2011

This adult bird drew my attention. The pale head is not entirely significant at this time of the year as some argntatus Herring Gulls have claen white heads by late Febuary. The dark eye is a little more interesting though, this is a feature one expects to see of Caspian Gull in an adult bird. The longest primaries may be moulting on this individual, which gave it a short winged appearance. The bill appears good for Herring Gull, deep with a prominent gonydeal angle.
A dark eyed Herring Gull or perhaps a bird with some Caspian Gull genes...

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