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, July 25, 2011

Dark type Baltic Gull; 1st Calender; Skepsbro.; 24th July 2011

Seen only in flight as it flew about, my first immature Baltic Gull this year....

All dark bill broadest at base, though not large or heavy in build.Underparts mottled and quite noticably marked...

Note the long winged appearance, dark trailing secondaries and especially the dark innre primary window, only a faint suggestion of paler inner webs.

Rather contrastingly marked on the underwing...

Note the white tail and obvious terminal bar. The head is well marked and appears dirty greyish brown at range. The build is distinctive, long winged and slender bodied. a distinctly smaller bird in direct comparison to say, Herring Gull

Images here of the first of this years Fuscus Lesser black backed Gull that I have seen at the site, a darktype bird.

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