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
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

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Skeppsbron; 8th April 2011

Black Headed Gull in summer plumage....
A really nice bird in summer, an adult Common Gull.

Mute Swan displaying.

Colour ringed Black Head, White Ring "UNG"

Some photos from Skeppsbron on an evening where my main aim was to get some video footage of gulls in order to try editing. As it happened a few stills were grabbed in the process as the light was good and as always at the site the birds were cooperative. The main feature of the evening was 275 Black Headed Gulls gathering to roost at the site, many of which were adults in summer garb, presumably passing through on the way to the breeding grounds. Several Baltic Lesser Black Backed Gulls were also noted over the course of the evening...

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