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

Friday, September 13, 2013

Audoin's Gull; Pernera; Cyprus; 1st September 2013

Audoin's Gull; Delighted to get some images of one of the best looking gulls in Europe. This adult bird is moulting and the primaries can be seen growing out here  on the outer wing...

Got out on a small fishing boat from Pernera, Cyprus. with the inyention of photographing Audoin's Gull. I had noted a handful of birds of this species loafing around a kilometre offshore, with Yellow-legged Gulls also present. We left the harbour a little after dawn, another glorious morning, though a liitle light cloud early on. It took some time before the first Audoin's put in an appearance, frustratingly they were staying a little too far from the boat though. After a while a few small fish were caught onboard, one of which had swallowed the hook deeply. I used this fish to draw this adult bird closer to the both, grabbing a few shots as it came to claim its breakfast.
 I have not seen the species in many years, the last time being on a trip to Morocco where I saw over 200 birds together at the Hula Reserve, a fabulous birding experience.

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