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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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Skeppsbron; 10th August 2011

 The Yellow-legged Gull still present this evening in very nice light...

 At rest when I arrived at it's prefered site, the docking yard belonging to the Birger Yarl at Tullhus 1.

 Appeared to oil itself later in the evening, a problem in the area which is a major commercial shipping dock.

 Above and below, the same 1st calender Argentatus Herring Gull. Note the fairly dark tertials and the rather detailed markings on the greater covert's which get progressivly darker on the outer remiges. Dark headed, bill shape good for Herring, as was the build and tail pattern. 

Today at Skeppsbron from my daily check, met Zacke Svensson onsite this evening. Sadly, the Yellow-legged Gull has been lightly oiled on the forehead.

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