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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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Caspian Gull; Skeppsbron; 2nd December 2018

 A first winter bird, note the classic tertials and the pattern on the moulted scapulars.

 Lucky to get any kind of flight image given the appalling light. This image shows the tail pattern well nonetheless, along with the dark based greater coverts, also the 'venetian blind effect' on the inner primaries and a small headed appearance.

A really nice individual. Here there is a decent view of the classic, parallel sided bill shape. Note also the white headed appearance, well marked nape and the pattern on the centres of the second generation scapulars. A classic Caspian Gull and well worth the dash to see it...

The remarkable mild winter continues. I received a call from Dirk Van Gainsberg late this afternoon to say he had just had a Caspian Gull at Skeppsbron. Despite the terrible light, I decided to go for it and was glad I did, with the bird being present on arrival. It was easily picked up as it was calling on occasion, the peculiar nasal quality of the call drawing attention to the bird. The light was terrible and dusk was closing in, so there was no chance of decent images, though these images of the bird at dusk are at least a little different! A really nice individual, with a clean headed apearance and classic upperparts for a bird of it's age. The second at the site this year and the first December record at the site ever.

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