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
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A second calendar Lesser Black backed Gull, Skeppsbron; 30th July 2015

 This today at Skeppsbron, a second calendar Lesser Black backed Gull which immediately grabbed my full attention. I spent quite a bit of time looking at the bird and getting a good set of reference photos, Note there the moult in the inner primaries, something not seen in Baltic Gull in late July. It would seem this could be my first Graellsii/Intedmedius in this age group at the site.

 Note here the rather short looking wings, which are also quite broad. Again, the inner primary moult is apparent. Active moult on the coverts. mantle and scapulars. also at times a very short necked and round headed appearance in flight. A very striking bird in flight. A nice view of the tail pattern in these two upper shots.

 The underwing here..largely whitish with some light coffee brown marking on the underwing covert's.

 A nice shot of the bird on the water...the moult is very evident on the upper part.

Whilst checking the gulls today this bird appeared after around 45 minutes and immediately got my full attention. After some superb views I managed a suite of good reference shots and feel certain this is with a Graellsii or Intermedius, the first second calendar I have seen at the site in several years looking at gulls there. Naturally, I was very happy to see this striking bird.

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