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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Friday, July 31, 2015

Intermedius Lesser Black backed Gull Candidate; Skeppsbron; 31st July 2015

 Note the obvious moult in the shot on the far wing, albeit, restricted to the inner primaries. In addition to the moult the bird gave a very heavy general impression in the field, a large bird in direct  comparison to Baltic Gull..

A view of the upperside in flight, showing the moult clearly, which matched on both wings. Note also the rather heavy bill.

Photos here of a Lesser Black backed Gull from Skeppsbron, which I strongly suspect could be an intermedium bird, due to the state of moult in the wings as well as the heavy impression in the field.

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