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

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Argentatus Herring Gull in Febuary

 A 2nd Calender bird showing the underparts in very good light today, a classic individual.




 Another 2nd Calender bird here at rest. Note the dark eye, mostly dark bill just begining to fade at the base, dark primaries with no obvious fringes, dark centred and notched tertials and broadly marked greater covert's...




 Another 2nd Calender, note the worn tertials on this bird...




 A 3rd Calender bird. Note the whiter head, pale iris- The upperparts contain more grey and advanced plumage, note that the tertial pattern is totally different to 2nd calender birds above. Rather pink legs on this bird...




 A second third calender bird. Note the tertial pattern again. Also the patterned mantle and scapulars, where moult is now apparent...




 A bird in at least its 4th Calender year. Note the bill pattern and yellow colour, lemon iris, white head and underparts as well as largelt grey upperparts. Note the retained tertails and covert's and the pattern of the primaries...




An adult bird with light markings on the head. Many are clean headed by now...

Some shots of Argentatus Herring Gull from Skeppsbron today...

1 comment:

RSN said...

The first photo is amazing with the bird in flight, those with marked pattern are young individuals?