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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Monday, July 16, 2012

Lesser Black-backed Gull; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 16th July 2012

At rest on the water, the first bird seen at the site of this age, though a second bird would soon appear. Note the fairly small head, buff fringes to the covert's, dark tertials and long winged appearance.

In flight, note the well marked underwing covert's. Often in flight, there was a very long winged impression, typicall of the species...

Another shot on the water. Whilst doing it's best here to like like a large larid, there is an underlying hint of a more delicate build. The head looks small, the bill also, not heavily built. The neck often looks slender when extended, whilst the long primary projection often serve to accentuate the slender body profile. Identification of this species is as much about structure as it is plumage...

Above and below, two flight shots showing the tail pattern and dark inner primaries. Note the long winged appearance in the image below. Note also the rather dark greater covert's form a dark band on the upperwing in flight. A somewhat suprising amount of pale on the inner primaries on the upperwing.

Shots here of a  Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull from Skeppsbron this afternoon, discussion below the photos...

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