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

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull; 3rd Calender; Skeppsbron

 Not an age group I see at lot of at Skeppsbron, a 3rd calender Baltic Gull. Note the blackish markings on the tail. The head is adult like in appearance..

Note the retained greater coverts, brownish toned. The secondaries are newer in contrast. There is no large mirror on P10, or smaller mirror on P9. The primaries are not white tipped, including P5. Note the mantle and scapulars are as adult...

Images here of a 3rd Calender Baltic Gull from Skeppsbron from the past few days...

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