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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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull; 2nd Calender; Skeppsbron

 This bird is a little more advanced in moult than the bird below. Note the bill tone with dark subterminal band. The head, neck and undercarriage are already whitish, though note the spots on the nape. The iris has already lightened. Some inner greater covert's have been replaced, note the older outer greater covert's and retained lesser covert's. Primaries plain, tertials white tipped.

In many ways a very simular bird to the individual above, just a little behind in moult, with more retained feathers on the mantle, scaps, and wing covert's...

Images here of 2nd Calender Baltic Gulls from Skeppsbron from the last few days..

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