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

Saturday, August 08, 2015

2nd Calendar Baltic Gull; Skeppsbron; 8th August 2015

 A stunning 2nd Calendar Baltic Gull, which appeared out of nowhere after a few hours checking the area for gulls. The first time I have seen this individual, which showed really well.


 Note the pale head, bill pattern and tone. The iris is already becoming lighter in this bird.  Note the newly replaced slaty mantle and scapular feathers, with new median covert's also apparent on the deck.
 A very striking bird in flight. Note the dark tailbone, dark secondaries and fully winged appearance, a classic 2nd Calendar Baltic Gull. A stunner...


 Another flight shot, the bird was very cooperative...


 A nice view of the upper wing here...


Lastly, a better image with regard to the tail pattern here...

Spent the morning and early afternoon with Maarten Von Kleinwee around the Skeppsbron area, also covering City Hall and Nybroviken. Now a lot of gulls around, though we did manage some nice birds and the light was quite good as well. A very enjoyable moment came when this 2nd Calendar Baltic Gull appeared out of nowhere and proceeded to give stunning views. A textbook 2nd Calendar Baltic Gull this one, and an instructive bird. 

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