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Old Thursday 13th December 2012, 16:05   #1
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Gull (NE Italy)

Large gull photographed today in Chioggia (VE)...
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Old Thursday 13th December 2012, 16:11   #2
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hi,

this is a male type 1cy northern argentatus. i say northern since it bearly has moulted a few scaps. this usually is the case in more northern birds. maybe it comes from russia or northern scandinavia.

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Old Thursday 13th December 2012, 16:41   #3
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Because it looks the same bird of this picture of 2 days ago in the same place... but this individual has been identified as Great Black-backed Gull...
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Old Thursday 13th December 2012, 19:14   #4
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Northern argentatus can be big and bulky. It is certainly not the first time that they have been confused with Great Black-backed Gull...
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Old Thursday 13th December 2012, 19:23   #5
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Argentatus for me too. GBBG should have more rounded head, especially forehead, more contrasting and colder plumage tones.
I guess that size and GC-pattern have leaned to GBBG ID but these are fine for argentatus.
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