Caspian Gull
Larus cachinnans


Photographer

Simon Aspinall

Date

Early June 2002

Location

Baku, Azerbajan

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These birds display most of the features of a classic Caspian Gull. Differences from typical ponticus (western cachinnans) include a less prominent tongue on P10, a small amount of black in the large white tip of P10, and a more prominent gonys. Simon describes the soft parts: some were bright mustard yellow, others sickly pinky yellow (dead flesh). Judging by the head-shape and bill size, the first bird is probably a female and the second is probably a male.


P01427

P01428

P01431

P01430

P01429

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