Zilvermeeuw | Herring Gull | Larus argentatus
1cy Herring Gull / Larus argentatus, Westkapelle - sea dike (The Netherlands) on 5 November 2010
Pale 1cy Herring Gull, even possible of subspecies argenteus. This individual is not so big, bulky build and pale as we know from the most hybrids Glaucous Gull x Herring Gull or northern argentatus. Also note the coloring of the small bill and judging the amount of scapular-moult, this one has some genes that induce it to moult early. So a northern argentatus or hyperboreus influence seems pretty unlikely, but it still is a strikingly and well patterned bird!
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From: Ies Meulmeester, Thursday 18 November 2010, 20:22
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From: Ies Meulmeester, Thursday 18 November 2010, 20:23
A picture of the same individual taken on 27 October 2010.
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From: Ies Meulmeester, Thursday 18 November 2010, 20:27
And another picture of the same individual as above taken on 27 October 2010.
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