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, January 21, 2017

Common Gulls; 2nd Calender Year; Stockholm; 20th January 2017
























A selection of images here of Common Gulls in their second calender year. These birds were all born in 2016 and are now going through their first winter. I was delighted to locate good numners of these birds yesterday and returned today in good light in order to look through these birds. The site was Norra Malarstrand, at the west end, were a few hundred gulls were gathered on the ice and regularily being fed at the park there by visiting people. Mutes Swans were keeping a small area clear of ice and this seems to have led to a build up in numbers. It was difficult to say how many Common Gulls were onsite, but there was a minimum of 25 birds present. Around 100 Herring Gull and 300 black headed Gull were also present at the site...

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