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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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Common Gulls; Skeppsbron; 1st November 2011

 1st Calender. Note the newer mantle and scapular feathers.

 1st Calender. The same individual.

 A view here of the underwing of the same 1st calender bird, the underwing covert's well marked at their tips. Note the spotted necklace effect..

 One last shot of this cooperative individual...

 Above and below; Sub adult Common Gull, note the dark markings on the upper primary covert's. There are two large mirror's on P9 and P10. Note also the diffuse grey 'necklace' effect, overlaid with neat spots...

A selection of images here of Common Gull from earlier today, spent the afternoon checking out the gulls at the site..

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