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

Herring Gull in flight; Skeppsbron; 2nd September 2011

 1st Calender in flight. Nothe the dark tailband and pattern of markings on the innertail. All primaries present, as are all remiges on the wings. Bill is dark.

 Above and below images show 2nd calender Herring Gulls in flight. Note the different  pattern on the tail, a variable feature on this agegroup. The lower bird has a more broken tailband. The primaries are very fresh, these birds are just coming to the end of moulting these feathers. Note the wear on the secondaries of the upper bird. All wind covert's are second generation, some third generation, clearly diifering fron 1st generation birds...

A few images of juvenile Herring Gulls in flight...

1 comment:

Jerry Hingle said...

These pictures are amazing. Your pics of birds in flight are my favorite.