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

Monday, February 20, 2012

Common Gulls; Luxparken; 20th Febuary 2012

 Adult type Common Gull in flight allowing the primary tips to be seen rather well. 48 birds present today at Luxparken affording great photo opportunities..




 Adult Common Gull in flight from underneath...




 Adult Common Gull at rest on the ice. Note the bill pattern, typical of the species at this time of year...




 Two adults here, the bird in the foreground bearing a yellow colour ring on the right leg which read 9E6.




 A second calender bird here at rest on the ice. Note the covert's and tertials of this bird in its first winter plumage, the bill tone and dark tip ans well as the markings on the underparts and lack of white tips on the primaries...




 A 3rd calender bird in flight. Aged by the dark marked upper primary covert's....




 A 2nd calender bird from below showing the underwing and the dark band on the tail..




 2nd calender bird at rest...




 Another 2nd calender. These birds are quite variable in appearance...






 2nd Calender...





 2nd Calender...




 2nd Calender...




 2nd Calender...




2nd Calender...

Shots here from Luxparken of Common Gulls, where 48 birds were present at a winter gull roost at the site. Great photo opportunities...

2 comments:

Tim James said...

Thanks, Alan, for a very informative guide to these birds. I'm poor at my gull IDs, so this is very helpful.

Alan Dalton said...

Thanks for the interest Tim. Some of these gulls are fairly straightforward if you take a bit of time to look at them, a little time spent with them can clear a lot of confusion. anyhow, hope this helped...