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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Friday, July 20, 2012

Graelsii/Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull; 3rd Calender; Skeppsholm; 20th July 2012

A rahter pale bird here in direct contrast with Baltic LBBG. Note the dark centred tertials also and white tipped primaries on the closed wing..

A cracking bird this...

Note the dark on the tail here in flight. Also here the state of moult is obvious, three new inner primaries are visible. Thr primary covert's are dark marked...

Shots here of a Graelsii/Intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, a 3rd Calender bird. It was in fact one of two birds present today!

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