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

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Baltic Gull; 1st Calendar; Skeppsbron; 1st August 2015

 Overhead, a first calendar Baltic Gull against a blue sky. Nice view of the underparts here...


 BIRD (A) Underparts, classic Baltic Gull...
 BIRD (A) Above and Below; A couple of nice flight shots of the same individual, which showed very well today...




 BIRD (A) Could be overlooked on the water this one. Note the pattern on the tertials...


 BIRD (B) A darker individual this one. The same bird at rest below. 





BIRD (B)  The same dark individual, showing the underparts.


 BIRD (C) Altogether a paler bird, with light coffee tones in the plumage, a very nice bird..


 BIRD (C) Wonderful views today of several young Baltic Gulls.


 A couple of flight shots, note the dark primaries, greater coverts and tail pattern along with long winged appearance..







 BIRD (D) Wing Stretch


 BIRD (D) Very close this one, just a few metres..


 BIRD (D)


 Not all that easy to pick out amongst Herring Gull juveniles, as this photo demonstrates...


Direct comparison with Herring Gull juvenile here...

Wonderful morning at Skeppsbron were there were a lot of gulls today. Around 30 Adult Baltic Gulls, 5 Sub Adult Baltic Gull, 11 1st Calendar Baltic Gull were present, the latter being a very high number. Also the were 10 juvenile Argentatus Herring present, though no sign of any second calendar  LBBG today, not the Omissus type Herring Gull. The sun was out and the light generally good for photography...

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