Italy, possible Heuglin's Gull 1stW ?

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Italy, possible Heuglin's Gull 1stW ?

Post by italianbirder » Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:48 am

Two photos taken at Chioggia, NE Italy, by Marco Basso on 16 Nov 2004
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Re: Italy, possible Heuglin's Gull 1stW ?

Post by JanJ » Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:42 pm

The fresh almost juvenile plumage in Nov. suggest a northern gull, which would exclude michahellis.
A northern argentatus could be a possibility but the long wings seems not so good for that species. We are left with a possible graellsii/intermedius, Baltic fuscus or heuglini.
Location would suggest Baltic fuscus or heuglini. However, due to wellknown difficulties I for one wouldn´t identify this gull from these pic. as to ssp, could be either I guess.

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