Moult in Armenian Gull

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oskarn
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Moult in Armenian Gull

Post by oskarn » Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:13 pm

Hallo,
Last spring I photographed some Armenian Gulls in early April at Magan Michael in Israel, whose moult confused me a lot. Quite a big percentage of the birds had moulted the tail, some (or all) secondaries and up to 5 primaries (which showed very adult-like pattern in some birds).

I wonder; is this a moulting scheme that is known (or published?) of Armenian Gull?

Some examples:
http://www.pbase.com/gullpix/image/142760226

http://www.pbase.com/gullpix/image/142759908

http://www.pbase.com/gullpix/image/142759911

http://www.pbase.com/gullpix/image/142760147
http://www.pbase.com/gullpix/image/142760144 (the same bird as the previous one)

The full gallery can be viewed here: http://www.pbase.com/gullpix/armenian_gull

I would like to thank Hans and Jörgen for their help on these birds
Best regards,
Oskar Nilsson, Sweden

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