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Yellow-legged Gull (lusitanius)?

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:46 am
by binocularface

I recently photographed the gull in the attached images in Dumfries & Galloway (Scotland). To my relatively inexperienced eye the overall structure, bill pattern, gape & orbital ring colouration and primary pattern all fit Yellow-legged Gull pretty well. However this bird seems paler mantled that I would usually expect in michahelis, the leg colouration is more of a washed out yellow in tone and the bird is quite small. Does this bird fit lusitanius or is there some hybrid influence?

Advice greatly appreciated.

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Re: Yellow-legged Gull (lusitanius)?

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:31 pm
by Cristian Mihai
If I would see such a bird in Romania, I would identify it as a female Yellow-legged Gull. But this is a bird from UK...

Re: Yellow-legged Gull (lusitanius)?

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:21 pm
by Cristian Mihai
Some interesting comments/opinions here:

Re: Yellow-legged Gull (lusitanius)?

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:07 pm
by binocularface
Thanks Cristian - It seems this bird may be unidentifiable! The term 'lusitanius' appears to be a bit frightening ;-)

Re: Yellow-legged Gull (lusitanius)?

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:32 pm
by Cristian Mihai
Yep, probably this is one of the reasons we like the gulls - sometimes we don't know what they really are! :lol: