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 29, 2011

Skeppsbron; 29th August 2011

A Baltic Gull in flight. This bird was a lesson for me as I initially considered it to be the Yellow-legged Gull. Note however the following, 1. Darker inner primaries 2.Slighter Bill 3. Lack of dark mask around the eye 4. Overall dark greater coverts 5. Fresh plumage 6. Tail band uniform in width, not narrower at outer ectremities 7. Rather small, rounded head




An intesting point to note, this bird has moulted scapulars. The moulted feathers are note together in the upper scapulars, but rather randomly moulted and include the longer lowest scapular. This species is often cited to delay moult until arrival at the wintering grounds, closer inspection of a number of these birds show that this is often not the case. Een more remarkably, this bird shows a fresh lesser covert on the foremost wing, the first time I have seen a wing coverts replaced before departure in this species...









  Excellent light this evening for photography- Note here the dark patterned axilleries. The flanks on view here show a lot less marking than Yellow-legged Gull, lacks the blotching of that species and is more finely marked...




 An old friend this one, this Herring Gull was born in Finland. I have seen it several times in the last two years, the bird is now four years old.




 A different 1st Calender Baltic Gull. This bird has been present for weeks now and seems to have lost primaries in the last couple of days. This is not moult, but rather damage...




Herring Gull, a 1st calender bird. Over 50 Herring Gulls present today, 22 of them falling into this age group. Quite like this shot...

A few shots here from Skeppsbron from today, things rather static at the moment really. Plenty of Herring Gulls present, though just thre Lesser Black-backed Gulls now remain. The Yellow-legged Gull is still present after about seven weeks, could it be possible this bird might stay over into the winter? Probably not, though time will tell. The bird looks remarkably settled at the site..


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