Adult Canet-en-Roussillon 10.9.2013

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walther
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Adult Canet-en-Roussillon 10.9.2013

Post by walther » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:25 pm

Hi,

Looking through my pics I found this one.

In my opinion (as newbie to gull-watching) the moult is different in both wings. Is there, in each wing, moult on 2 places ? Which primaries are missing ?

Thanks,

Walther
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Re: Adult Canet-en-Roussillon 10.9.2013

Post by Boris Belchev » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:32 pm

In my newbie opinion I can see an adult Herring Gull. Legs are pinkish, bill look quite massive and generally HG appearance.
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Re: Adult Canet-en-Roussillon 10.9.2013

Post by walther » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:33 pm

Hi Boris,

It was defenitly not a Herring Gull but a Yellow-legged Gull. Herring Gull is a very rare vagrant in that region. This pic is from the same bird :
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Re: Adult Canet-en-Roussillon 10.9.2013

Post by Boris Belchev » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:02 pm

From the photo you upload first I can see only the pink feet of the bird, but if this is the same bird for sure, I will have to agree is yellow-legged.
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Re: Adult Canet-en-Roussillon 10.9.2013

Post by adriaens » Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:03 pm

Hi Walther,
a Yellow-legged Gull indeed, and something seems to have gone wrong in its left wing, as one inner primary seems to be missing there.
This may not have anything to do with moult, but could simply indicate some local damage.

BTW: The current issue of Natuur.Oriolus features an article on moult in gulls and terns.

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Re: Adult Canet-en-Roussillon 10.9.2013

Post by walther » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:25 pm

Thx Peter.
Great article by the way !

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