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, August 14, 2015

Skeppsbron; 13th August 2015

 A confiding 1st calendar Baltic Gull at point blank. Strong light made photography difficult.

 Baltic Gull. A 1st Calendar shows the underside as it comes in to land...

 A Baltic Gull, 1st Calendar in flight.

 Baltic Gull, 1st Calendar in flight..

 Baltic Gull, 1st calendar in flight showing the underparts..

 Everyday throws up new individuals it seems. This was the first time I had seen this particular 1st calendar Baltic Gull...

 Baltic Gull, Adult in Flight.

 Baltic Gull, Adult in Flight.

 A couple of Baltic Gulls at rest on the dock by the Djurgården Ferry, a real hotspot for young Baltic Gulls at the moment...

 Baltic Gull, 1st Calendar. Urban gulls in the city centre...

 Baltic Gull, 1st Calendar.

 Gull group on the dock, Herring, Baltic and Common 1st calendars here...

 Argentatus 1st Calendar..

Argentatus 1st Calendar

A selection of photos from Skeppsbron, the latest batch as such. A record count today of 1st calendar Baltic Gulls for me, with a minimum of 16 birds counted.

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