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

Monday, July 13, 2015

Gulls at Skeppsbron; 13th July 2015

 A first calendar Herring Gull, race 'argentatus'. This bird appeared at the site a couple of days ago and showed quite well tonight. The first of this years youngsters at the site, it will soon be followed by many others. A darkish individual this one.

 Video footage of this 1st Calendar bird here. The bird spent a lot of time preening in order to remove down feathers...

 Above; A couple of images of a newly fledged Common Gull, alway nice to see such fresh plumage...

Baltic Gull adults, several birds present tonight, rather common at the site.

Video footage, Baltic Gull; Adult in July. Features some long calling birds and slow motion footage...

A few shots taken this evening during my spot-check of the gulls present at Skeppsbron.

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