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

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Baltic Gull; Juvenile Plumage; Skeppsbron; 6th August 2014

A tiny individual, This bird was smaller than a Common Gull and perhaps was the runt of it's siblings. These birds have had a fantastic breeding success this year, in other less productive years it is probable the youngest chicks, perhaps such as this, would not survive.


A warmer toned bird here, compare with the colder toned birds below...
  
 
 
A pair of Baltic Gulls ar rest, these two are very simular and are probably siblings.. 
 
Above and below; the same individual which tends towards the darker end of the spectrum. These are very variable birds in plumage appearance..





In flight, showing typical tail pattern here, a rather warmly toned individual this one...


A paler type bird with brown tones through the plumage...


Direct comparison with a Herring Gull...


Images here of some of the first calender Baltic Gulls present a skeppsbron today, at least 9 birds present, this pecies has had an excellent breeding year this year....

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