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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baltic Gull; 1st Calender; 28th July 2014


A few images of a Baltic Gull, a fresh first calender, from Skeppsholm today. At least 7 first calenders present today, many of which are still being attended by their parents. This bird is more independent and flew into the dock at slussen to preen late in the afternoon, allowing some nice shots and video. Digiscoped with Swarovski ATX 95, Panasonic GH4 and TLS Adaptor, a combination which will help secure nice close ups of more distant gulls this year, as well as allowing top quality video footage to be shot. for reference...

Click here for video footage on the provided link, Close up slow motion footage; lG2XotE1F3A

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