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 21, 2011

Herring Gull; 2nd Calender; Skeppsbron; Febuary 2011

This bird was one that caught my eye initially. The rather pale head and darkish tertials drew my attention to the bird. Closer inspection revealed the bird to be a Herring Gull, an interesting bird nonetheless...


A side view. Had the bird been a Caspian Gull I would expect more advanced covert moult and more solid, dark tertials. Structure really does confirm this bird as a Herring Gull. A fairly stocky bird, rather deep billed with short primary projection and legs...
A second calender Herring Gull from this morning, the most interesting bird in it's age clas seen today...

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