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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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Gulls; Skeppsbron; 7th August 2012

 Light Mantled LBBG; a bird at least in it's fourth calender year. Just how mant of these birds is visitibg the site is very hard to say, but there are at least four birds invloved of this age or older...

 Another bird here, a second Light Mantled bird, probably in it's fourth calender year. The dark markings on the upper primary covert's are a key ageing feature. A third bird photographed this morning showed dark marks on the culmen, so at least three of these birds at the site today..

 Here one can see the striking diiference in upperpart tone, the bird in the foreground being a nominate Fuscus(Baltic Gull). 

 A Baltic LBBG here, a second calender type. Note the iris is already light, likewise the base of the bill..

 Above and below; A very nicely marked first calender Baltic LBBG. These birds are very variable in appearance.They often show a dark eye surround as this one does. Note the soloidlt dark tertials with creamy fringes at the tips. Unusually there is an indication of a thin, paler tip to the primaries, though this bird is in very fresh plumage and this will soon fade...

 A different, more tidily marked, 1st Calender Lesser Black-backed Gull. A classic bird structurally, note the slimline appearance, attenuated rear and long primary projection.

A Greater Black-backed Gull, a first calender. This is the first Marinus in it's age group to appear at the site this year. The bird is still growing it's primaries, accounting for the rather short appearance of the wongs. The bird is big, very bulky and the bil is much deeper than Herring Gull. Note the pattern ot the tertials, covert's and scapulars..

Discussion here of various birds seen today during my routine check of the gulls at Skeppsbron...

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