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
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

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gulls; Skeppsbron; 15th September 2011

 Above and below; 1st calender Great Black-backed Gull at close range, a very confiding bird this one. Three present today. though this one was the largest, a real beast of a gull...

 Above and below; a 1st calender Baltic Gull displaying vert brown tones in the plumage, a striking bird. Note the new scapular, dark grey in colour. A pale headed bird this one, a light morph.

 Above and below; a nicely marked pale type 1st calender Baltic Gull, a cold toned bird this one.

Back today to look for the Caspian type gull seen yesterday, alas no joy at all. There were not so many gulls resting in the area and the bird was not seen. A few nice 1st calender Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gulls around though, including some new individuals...

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