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

Monday, August 08, 2011

Greater Black-backed Gull; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 8th August 2011

 Stocky, deep chested with a heavy bill, Larus Marinus. Superficially like a first calender Argentatus, not a very large individual. Note the broad fringes on the scapulars, the sparse markings on the greater covert's and the pattern of the tertials...




 The bird in mid air, note the tail pattern and lack of marked contrast between the same...




 Another decent shot of the bird on land....




 Upperparts in flight, note the pallid inner primaries. The greater covert's are rather plain. The tailband is incomplete, lacking marked contrast, even though the base is whitish and rather lightly marked....




A view of the underwing, again rather uniform and lacking marked contrast...


Images here of a 1st calender Greater Black-backed Gull from Skeppsbron. The bird has been present for a few days, loafing offshore, but today was the first real opportunity to get some good shots as it appeared on the dock, attracted by bread...

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