Sunday, 12 July 2015

Yellow-legged Gull number 2

12th July 2015 - Topsham


It's that time of year folks: michahellis season. After my first of the year at Bowling Green on the 7th, I was happy to stumble on this one at the Rec this morning. For a change, it was close enough to get some reasonable photos - although the light could have been a bit brighter.

Yellow-legged Gull juv. - 12/7/2015 Topsham

Yellow-legged Gull juv. - 12/7/2015 Topsham

Yellow-legged Gull juv. - 12/7/2015 Topsham

Yellow-legged Gull juv. - 12/7/2015 Topsham

Yellow-legged Gull juv. - 12/7/2015 Topsham
Yellow-legged Gull juv. - 12/7/2015 Topsham

Yellow-legged Gull juv. - 12/7/2015 Topsham

Yellow-legged Gull juv. (juv. Herring Gull behind) - 12/7/2015 Topsham

For those who've asked how to pick these out (and on the understanding that I'm no expert) here's some of the reasons I noticed this bird: initially on shape: longer-winged and heavier-billed than Herring gull; then plumage: a dark individual but still showing classic scaps, coverts and tertial patterns; obvious differences in flight are the dark inner primaries and the white rump and tail base; also, clearly a bird that fledged several weeks ago - check the worn fringes to the scapulars and tertials - the Herring Gull (Lesser Black-backed would be similar), on the other hand, probably only left the nest a few days ago.

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