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
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

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lesser Black-backed Gull; A sub adult at Skeppsbron; 16th July 2012

Here are shot of a sub adult Lesser Black-backed Gull which looked a shade paler than the other adults at the site. Is this a fuscus or intermedius? It was difficult to say, though the bird showed no obvious wing moult and therefore probably a sub adult Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull. The primaries are tipped with white, the upperparts slightly brownins toned and the dark markings on the bill tell us this is not a full adult bird. Hopefully this bird will stay in the area and I can get some better hots in the near future...

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