Yellow-legged Gull 1CY 1 Jul
Larus michahellis


Photographer

Dick Newell and David Walker

Date

1st July 2003

Location

Landbeach, Cambs. and Dungeness

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First bird (first 3 pictures):
The clues to why I don't think this is a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull are:
Dark shadow around the eye
Head already noticably pale
Moult also already commenced on breast and belly
Long legs
Obvious pale inner webs to inner primaries
The date is too early for LBBG - they don't fledge for another 2 or 3 weeks.
The bill is disappointingly light-weight for a michahellis though.

2nd bird (bottom picture)
By coincidence, David Walker kindly sent a picture of a juvenile michahellis on the same day at Dungeness. This bird shows a more unusual greater covert pattern, but a more typical bill.


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