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 11, 2014

Gulls at Skeppsbron; 11th August 2014

Above and below; Caspian/Herring Gull intergrade, still present it seems. Note again the small, dark notch on P5 in the flight shot below. This gull has already been fully dicussed here a few Days ago, scroll down for more...




1st Calender Baltic Gull, one of at least six birds in it's age Group at the site today..


Nice to finally get some images of this 2nd calender Baltic Gull on the deck and Close to the lens...


Above; A juvenile Herring Gull already showing moulted scapulars? by far the most advanced bird at the site today. Could this a bird born earlier in the year to the south? Very unusual to see moult this early in Herring Gull, though greater covert's seemed off for Yellow legged Gull? The inner primaries seemed rather pale in flight, though the head looked pale, with a darkish mask around the Eye, the uppertail and rump looked rather white...
Below; A trio of loafing juveniles awaiting handouts...




Above and Below; A cracking 'Omissus' type Herring Gull, a full adult this one. Note the limited black in the wingtip and lack of dark markings at the tip of the  newly grown P5.The new P6 is growing out and shows only a smal dark fleck on the outer web, clearly seen in the image below. note the Bright yellow tone of the legs...
 


Above and below; A couple of shots of 3rd Calender Argentatus Herring Gulls, at least 5 birds in this age class present today...note the moult below on the flying bird, with a rather diffuse dark band on P5.


Images and discussion on todays gulls at Skeppsbron, the highlight being the appearance of the Caspian/Herring Gull today, nice to see it still in the area. Gull numbers were good today, and the number of birds at the site is slowly rising. all four age Groups of Baltic Gull were represented with 6 1st calender, 1 2nd calender, 1 3rd calender and good numbers of adults present. A brief adult light mantled Lesser Black-backed Gull was nice and looked like a new bird, it didn't hang around and avoided the camera. Another hihlight was a very nice 'Omissus' Herring Gull, a fine looking adult bird.

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