Melanism in Blacked -headed Gulls

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cometrider
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Melanism in Blacked -headed Gulls

Post by cometrider » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:38 pm

I came across a Melanistic Blacked-headed Gull recently. I've not come across one before so I'm thinking this is very rare. Would that be a correct assumption?

I captured the bird on video which you can view here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYbpv34kXsU

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Ruud Altenburg
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Re: Melanism in Blacked -headed Gulls

Post by Ruud Altenburg » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:55 pm

I rather suspect it's oil unfortunately...

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Re: Melanism in Blacked -headed Gulls

Post by cometrider » Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:50 pm

Ruud Altenburg wrote:I rather suspect it's oil unfortunately...
I'm pretty sure it wasn't oiled. Those feathers were nice and fluffy.

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