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by Eric Hopton
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Other taxa & hybrids
Topic: occidentalis
Replies: 3
Views: 2117

Re: occidentalis

5384 Western Gull 1st winter 2.jpg
5384 Western Gull 1st winter 2.jpg (268.24 KiB) Viewed 2101 times
Another shot of the same bird - a little more head-on.
by Eric Hopton
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: Other taxa & hybrids
Topic: occidentalis
Replies: 3
Views: 2117

Re: occidentalis

Interesting and very helpful thank you. It was the fact that the bird was noticeably more pale than other Westerns present that made me unsure about this one especially as I have very limited experience of this species. Also when trying to firm up IDs of my shots that day using mainly Olsen/Larsson ...
by Eric Hopton
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Other taxa & hybrids
Topic: occidentalis
Replies: 3
Views: 2117

occidentalis

I am pretty sure this is a 1st winter Western Gull pictured in San Francisco in March but would appreciate any input please.
5383 Western Gull 1st winter 2.jpg
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by Eric Hopton
Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Western Gull off Mexico?
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

Re: Western Gull off Mexico?

I meant to include smithsonianus as a possible and on reflection the location and extensive pale mirrors make this perhaps the most likely - it was a little too far south for regular Western.
by Eric Hopton
Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:13 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Western Gull off Mexico?
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

Western Gull off Mexico?

Seen off the Pacicfic coast of southern Mexico, this gull is still puzzling me. I only managed to get this single poor shot. I lean towards Western but clearly Californian is also possible. The wings were very dark with pale primaries but the heavily marked tail with dark terminal band shows up in t...
by Eric Hopton
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Armenian Gull in Israel?
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: Armenian Gull in Israel?

Thanks Mars, good to have a confirmation. It was a first for me as I try to improve my gull ID skills.
by Eric Hopton
Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Armenian Gull in Israel?
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Re: Armenian Gull in Israel?

As there have been a few views of this, I wondered if anyone had any thoughts. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Eric.
by Eric Hopton
Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:51 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Armenian Gull in Israel?
Replies: 3
Views: 974

Armenian Gull in Israel?

Seen on December 4th during a brief visit to Haifa Israel. The dark marking on bill, mirror only on p10 [tiny one on p9] leads me to Armenian. Any thoughts please.
6419 Haifa Gull.jpg
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by Eric Hopton
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Identification
Topic: Ringed Herring Gull
Replies: 3
Views: 1187

Re: Ringed Herring Gull

Thank you Ronald and Martin. The Norway link was great and I obtained life lists for both birds. They were both ringed locally and have been fairly local in their movements.
by Eric Hopton
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: Common Gull
Topic: Ringed Common Gull, Tromso, Norway
Replies: 1
Views: 2428

Ringed Common Gull, Tromso, Norway

I photographed this adult Canus in Tromso, Norway, on June 26th 2011. Can anyone help please with the origin of the ring? The code is J482 with black letters on a white ring. Many thanks, Eric. There is a metal ring on the left leg.