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

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Light Mantled Lesser Black-backed Gull; Graellsi/Intermedius; Adult Plumage; Skeppsbron; 6th August 2014

A cracking light mantled adult type Lesser Black-backed Gull onsite today, the first adult I have seen this year at the site.

Note moult in the primaries, P1-P5 are new feathers. P6 is dropped, whilst the outer P7-P10 are older, worn remiges.
Direct comparison with an adult Baltic Gull, showing difference in tone of upperparts, strikingly paler...

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