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 http://www.alandalton.net/
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 alandltn@gmail.com

Monday, August 06, 2012

Dark 1st Calender Argentatus; Skeppsbron; 6th August 2012

Dark Argentatus A. Note the tidy, symetric notches on the greater covert's here, typical of Herring Gull. The overall dark coffee tones of these two birds may not be typical, though the plumage features associated with Argetatus are nevertheless wholly present. The primaries anr tipped pale cream, the tertials are notched on the fringes, the greater coverts are not solidly dark as in LBBG, the subterminal band in the tail runs to the tips of the tail, with only the faintest of pale edges...



Dark Argentatus B. Note the more irregular pattern on the greater covert's in this individual, helping diffrentiate it from the above bird readily. If anything, a slightly darker bird again, on the head and underparts, yet note that the same features hold for this bird...


There were two 1st calender Argentatus Herring Gull present early this morning at Skeppsbron, both very dark plumaged. Both birds have been posted here. The lower bird I photographed yesterday, though both these birds were up on the dock today. With good quality photos, many of these individuals birds can be recognized at a later date, helping to keep track of general health, moult progress and also to identify newly arrived birds with more certainty...


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