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 02, 2012

Yellow-legged Gull, race 'atlantis'; Gran Canaria; June 2012

An adult bird sits on a mast, note the rather dark upper parts..

Above and below, the same adult bird showing some detail of the wings, diificult to be sure, but P5 sems to bee growing out and contains no dark band??

A third calender bird here overhead at dawn...

The same bird as above showing a very dark underwing...

A juvenile bird here. These birds were already fledged and were offshore being fed by the adults. The secondaries appeared very dark on these birds. It would of been lovely to get closer views. Note the tail pattern, a well defined dark sub-terminal band with white tips...

Again a third calender bird, note the new inner primaries. The bird already showing yellowish legs, as well as some dark on the underwing..

Record images here of Yellow-legged Gulls of the race 'atlantis' from Gran Canaria. I could not get close to these birds, though they were common. There was a regular movement of birds at dawn and dusk, when a couple of hundred would pass overhead.

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