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

Herring Gull; 1st Calender; Skeppsbron; 16th July 2012

 Note here the obvious pale window on the inner primaries. The plumage is very fresh indeed and the tailband is quite striking, as are the striking white tips to the tail feathers. This is a classic argentatus in everyway apart from the tail pattern, which is classic Yellow legged Gull! A small percentage of argentatus can show this tail pattern nonetheless, making this a very interesting bird...

 Rather rounded head, also note the typical notched tertials and greater covert's- The bill is typical argentatus, whilst the head is lightly toned. The general impression is of a light, coffee brown toned bird..

 The underwing here, lighly marked and typical for juvenile Argentatus...

The bird in flight. The tail pattern striking even from the underside and prompted attention. Note how the light can affect the appearance of the underwing, the markings appearing darker here on the underwing covert's whilst shaded from direct sunlight..

The first of this year's Herring Gulls have now fledged and a single bird was present today at Skeppsbron, the first in its age class at the site this year. The bird was obliging enough and I got some decent shots. Nice to get my eye in on this bird today. I will be watching the site closely in the coming months...

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