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Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans

Second-winter, December 2009, Warks


Caspian Gull, 2W, Warks, Dec 2009

A. R. Dean

In upper photo note: (1) clean white head with low forehead, head appearing rather delicate in comparison with body-size; (2) 'snouty-looking', pointed bill with olive-grey base, black subterminal band and pale tip; (3) small, dark, beady-looking eye; (4) grey streaking at base of neck extending towards breast sides, creating a 'shawl' which contrasts with clean white upper neck; (5) rather uniform greater coverts with pale tips, and blackish spatulate spotting on retained first-year scapulars; (6) retained outer tertial with solid black centre and neatly defined white margin; (7) long primary extension; (8) long greyish-flesh legs with evident tibia.

In lower photos note:  head and bill profile and hind-neck 'shawl'; relatively clean and white underwing; clean white vent and undertail-coverts; very black tail-band with 'diffused' inner edge and with strongly contrasting clean white base to tail and uppertail-coverts.

Caspian Gull, 2W, Warks, Dec 2009

Caspian Gull, 2W, underwing, Warks, Dec 2009

Caspian Gull, 2W, undertail, Warks, Dec 2009

Caspian Gull, 2W, upperwing & tail, Warks, Dec 2009

A. R. Dean

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