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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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Advanced moult in 1st Calendar Baltic Gull; 23rd September 2015

 Bird 1. A quite remarkably advanced 1st Calendar Baltic Gull with regard to moult, certainly the most advanced I have ever seen. The majority of the mantle and scapulars have been replaced, as well as some lesser and median covert's.

Bird 1. Decided to make efforts to get some record video of this bird, which turned out quite well.

 Bird 2. Not as advanced as the the bird above, but still quite remarkable. Note the innermost greater covert is fresh.

Bird 2. View of the birds left side. A whiter headed bird than the first and very easy to pick out amongst the argentatus onsite.

Two Baltic Gulls showing a remarkable degree of moult for their age group, which is 1st Calendar. The first bird is quite remarkable. The vast majority of Baltic Gulls have left in the past week, it won't be long before these remarkable birds leave for the wintering grounds..

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