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

Friday, July 29, 2011

Herring Gull; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 28th July 2011

 At first glance this bird could be mistaken for Yellow-legged Gull, one of which is still present in the area. The rather largely dark tertials, fairly white head and heavy, parallel sided bill give it such an impression...




 Note the paler base on the bill in this shot. Note the rather uniform tones, lacking marked contrast and the skight notching on the tertials...




In flight the true identity is easy to see. The tail pattern is classic Argentatus and this, coupled with the pale inner primary window seals the deal, Argentatus Herring Gull. An interesting bird nonetheless...





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