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Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides

Adult, Warks, November 24 2001


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Iceland Gull, adult, Draycote, Warks, November 2001

J. Judge

Photo by John Judge, Draycote Water, Novenber 2001. Iceland Gull is smaller and more delicately proportioned than Glaucous Gull, with a smaller bill and a more attenuated 'rear end' owing to it's long wing-points. In the photo, compare the size and proportions with the surrounding Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Iceland Gull is a very pale-looking species, owing to its combination of grey-and-white plumage with no dark markings (apart from slight brown sullying on the head, as with most large gulls in winter). This individual has a particularly pale grey mantle however. It wintered at Draycote for eight successive seasons up to 2002./3 but did not return at the end of 2003.


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