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, July 30, 2015

Baltic Gull; Sub Adult and Adult; Skeppsbron; 30th July 2015

 A nice shot of an interesting individual here. Note the second mirror on P9, only seen on a small percentage of birds...


 A nice view of an adult type here, a fine illustration of the underwing. Note the long winged appearance...


 Another flight shot of an adult Baltic Gull...


 Again, the same bird showing a mirror on both P9 and P10.


 Apparent moult, very rarely seen in Baltic Gull this early, though I feel this is simply a damaged wing with missing feathers...

 The same bird as above, showing a fuller wing, more in line with Baltic Gull and thus confirming the bird is missing feather due to damage, not active moult..

A sub adult on the water showing signs of moult...

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