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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Monday, September 05, 2011

Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull; 1st Calenders; Skeppsbron; Early September

 A Baltic Gull 1st calender. Rather fresh feathers, dark chocolate brown centres and cream fringes, a very smart bird indeed. This may be a female, the rather small head giving an almost dovelike impression. Note the long primary projection typical of the species..

 In flight. Note the whitish tail and striking blackish tailband. The head is well marked and there is no striking contrast of tones with the body, it appears rather small in flight. The bill is slight and lacking a prominent gonydeal angle. Note the dark inner primaries with no paler window.

 A second bird here, a rather lighter individual. The fresh plumage is again apparent. as is the strikingly long primary projection. The upperwing feathers are again dark centred with pale fringes, though this bird shows a liitle more notching on the greater covert's and broader fringes on the teritals. Again a rather slight bird and possibly a female, though this is not as clear as the above individual and a male cannot be ruled out.

The same bird in flight. overall a little paler than the first bird, the same features are apparent nonetheless.  The whitish tail with blackish tailband and simular pattern, the dark inner primaries and smallish, well marked head.

Some photos and disscussion on 1st calender Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull...

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