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

Thursday, December 22, 2011

4th Calender Argentatus Herring Gull; Skeppsbron; 22nd December 2011

 The bird on the water. Hints to it age include small dark flecks on the tail....




 The bird landing, note the dark markings on the primary covert's which help age this bird..




 Detail of the head and bill...




The wing here outstretched showing the detail on the primary tips. Note the complete, though thin band on P5. Yellow-legged Gull would show a broader band on P5, often dark marking on P4 and a larger amount of dark on the primaries in general...


Notes and photos here of a 4th calender Argentatus Herring Gull from Skeppsbron this morning...


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