Herring Gull
Larus argentatus


Photographer

Dick Newell

Date

10th and 12th August 2002

Location

Tampere, Finland

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The greater coverts and tertials on these birds are not what you normally expect on a Herring Gull. Some of these are easily confusable with graellsii or michahellis, especially later on when their heads are even whiter and their scapular moult even more advanced. It may be that I have mis-identified them, in particular, P01553 could be fuscus. P01554 looks very like graellsii or intermedius, but the 2nd generation mantle feathers and upper scapulars point towards argentatus. According to Martti Hario, fuscus would not start its scapular moult until September at the earliest.


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