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, September 05, 2011

Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 5th September

 A strikingly pale and very beautiful Baltic Gull. The head is very white, the upperparts rather cold toned. Note the rather dark greater covert's and the fringes on the tertials being confined to the tips of the feathers.




 In flight from below. Note the dark markings on the axilleries and underwing covert's. There is a diffuse band across the chest, the belly is inmarked and white, whilst the flanks are typicaly marked.




 Upper parts rather typical for the species, dark inner primaries, dark greater coverts and whitish tail with well defined tailband. Note this bird is missing a central tail feather...




 Aanother flight shot. A rather largish bird for it's type, the bill is rahter sturdy also, the bird giving a male impression..




Detail here of the tail pattern, classic Baltic Gull and seemimngly a very reliable feature to separate from Argentatus Herring Gull...

Shots and discussion here on a rather pallid first calender Baltic Gull...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Alan! Nice photos! This is an interesting bird indeed! I also saw the same bird on 31st August and it captivated me so much that I completely missed the YLG that was nearby! The light was extremely difficult that day in the early morning (too much sun coming from the wrong direction!)and it's only at home that I discovered on some photos that the YLG was actually there as well, not far from that bird! I also checked if that bird could be a Heuglin's Gull but I don't think so... Cheers! Dirk