Caspian Gulls
Larus cachinnans cachinnans


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Typical adult Caspian Gulls in the Middle East have black on the primaries from P10 to P6 with a small mark on P5 (so have less black on P5 than typical ponticus), a white tongue on the inner web of P10 over 3/4 the way to the mirror, good contrast on the upperside between P9 and 10 and the primary coverts, with large grey tongues protruding into the black, a solid triangular white tip to P10 and a large mirror on P9, although it has a longish bill, usually a more gentle facial expression than heuglini, sometimes with dull softparts and pale pinkish legs, but can be fairly bright as well.


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 Caspian Gull

    March 8, 2002

    adults perched

 Caspian Gull

    March 6, 2002

    adult in flight

 Caspian Gull

    March 9, 2002

    adults in flight

 Caspian Gull

    March 10, 2002

    1st winter (2CY), large billed, perched

 Caspian Gull

    March 12, 2002

    1st winter (2CY), perched

 Caspian Gull

    March 12, 2002

    1st winter (2CY), perched

 Caspian Gull

    March 17, 2002

    1st winter, in flight

 Caspian Gull

    March 17, 2002

    Two 1st winter birds in flight

 Caspian Gull

    March 17, 2002

    1st winter, in flight

 Caspian Gull

    March 17, 2002

    2nd winter, in flight, moulting

 Caspian Gull

    March 18, 2002

    1st winter (2CY), perched

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