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

Friday, October 21, 2011

Skeppsbron; 21st October 2011

 Adult Argentatus in flight. Most birds at the site, such as this one, are coming toward the end of their moult. Here the longest primary(P10) can be seen growing out on the leading edge of the primaries.




 A 2nd Calender bird. Note the finely patterned greater coverts, second generation wing coverts and pale head and chest. The base of the bill is pinkish. A typical bird, though there is wide variation amongst birds of this age..




 Another 2nd Calender Argentatus, note the advanced moult shown by this individual. Third generation feathers are obvious on the mantle and scapulars. Note the new inner tertials also. Th iris is still dark, as is much of the bill...







 All four above photos are of the same 2nd Calender Argentatus which has been present at the site for some months now. A very striking, well marked bird. The tail pattern is rather striking in flight. Amazing light today in the afternoon allowed some nice shots to be taken of this lovely bird...






Had some difficulty with this bird, not its identity, but rather its age. At first glance it appeared rather like a 1st Calender. After closer scrutiny though I think this bird is a year older, a 2nd Calender. Hints to this include the rather uniform greater coverts, tail pattern, pale iris and pale areas on the bill, amongst other features...


 A 1st Calender bird bearing leg metal on the left leg. After some time and difficulty I managed to read this ring, a Finnish Ring; HT 267-331. A rather typical bird of it's age...




A 1st Calender Black Headed Gull resting on the wharf, about 85 birds now present at the site...

An afternoon off today, decided to have a look at the gulls at Skeppsbron. About 62 Argentatus Herring Gull about, with a handful of Common and Greater Black-backed Gulls as well. Black Headed Gulls have increased in front of the winter, 85 birds present at least. Will be checking the area regularily this winter...

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