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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Friday, September 02, 2011

Great black-backed Gull; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 2nd September 2011

 On the deck. note the substantial deep, heavy bill. Thickset, deep chested and large, a real beast of a gull.The greater coverts on view here, more sparsely marked than Herring Gull of the same age..

 A good view here of the tertials and scapulars.

 Note the thick neck and large headed appearance, the bill again robust and deep based. A very different bird structure wise than the smaller species at the site..

The bird taking off showing the rather broken tailband. The underwing and axilleries rather diffusely marked. Quite well marked on the head, neck and breast/flanks.

Shots here of 1st calender Great Blsack-backed Gull from Skeppsbron...

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