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

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Omissus Herring Gull, Skeppsbron; 30th July 2015

 Above and below. On the deck right in front of me, a stunning adult Omissus Herring Gull....

Showing the textbook 'thayeri' wingtip pattern, with reduced black in P7-P10. Note the thin subterminal bar at the tip of P9.

Images here of a stunning adult Omissus type Herring Gull from Skeppsbron today, a very confiding bird indeed. It has been around for at least three days, finally I got down there with the camera...

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