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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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Light Mantled Lesser Black-backed Gull; Skeppsbron; 8th August 2015

 A bird of at least third calendar year, note the dark markings on the tail and brownish remiges on the upper wings. The clinching feature is the newly replaced P1-P4, clearly visible in these shots.

 Note the strongly contrasting dark subterminal band on P4 here, which is not quite fully grown on the left wing. P5 has been dropped, whilst P6-P10 are second generation feathers.

Still some markings on the underwing, visible here...

Three images here of a light mantled Lesser Black-backed Gull from early this afternoon at Skeppsbron. The bird showing obvious moult on the inner primaries and had replaced P1-P4.

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