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, February 28, 2011

Dark Herring Gull; Second Calender; Skeppsbron; 28th Febuary 2011

This bird really stood out amongst the other Herring Gulls at the site today, a very dark bird indeed, as can be seen from this shot...


Note here the solidly dark tertials...

The bird stretching, note the inner primary wing panel. The underwing was rather pale in comparison to the upperparts, in line with the other second calender birds.

Images here of a remarkably dark Herring Gull in it's 2nd calender seen this morning at Skeppsbron. Plenty of interesting gulls about, this being one of those birds...

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