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

Sunday, August 05, 2012

A dark 1st calender Argentatus Herring Gull, Skeppsbron; 5th August 2012

An Argentatus at the dark end of the spectrum this, the first time I have seen this individual. Tertials are rather solidly dark centred, though there is still a distintice notched outer edge on the longest of these, indication Herring Gull, which this bird undoubtedly is. In may ways, the features of the species hold good on this individual, despite being a very dark individual...

A flight view here, though not an ideal angle. The light was rather difficult today, strong, direct sunlight. The pale inner primary panel was apparent in flight, it can be made out in this image. Note the coffee browm head and underparts.

Shots here of a dark Argentatus from skeppsbron today. I like to photo document any unusual or interesting birds as they appear at the site, this bird certainly worth a few reference shots, a very dark individual. Discussion above in the captions...

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