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Old Tuesday 16th September 2008, 22:07   #1
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Gulls, Normandy, France

Hello everyone,

from my trip to Normandy in August.
a lot of gulls! Juveniles are hard to tell as usual for me(

Please correct me if I am wrong
1-2 juv herring gull
3-4 2yo lesser black-backed gull
5 common tern? adult? already in a winter plumage?


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Old Tuesday 16th September 2008, 22:28   #2
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Don't know about the gulls but 5 looks like a Sandwich Tern.
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Old Tuesday 16th September 2008, 22:39   #3
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yep 5 looks like sandwich here too (not that I have a good record with Terns.....
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Old Tuesday 16th September 2008, 22:47   #4
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Hello Alexey.
As Graham mention, Sandwich Tern, note long black bill with a pale yellowish tip, structure and wingtip pattern.

The first juvenile/first winter gull is a Herring Gull.
The big brute is a Great Black-backed Gull - a 4cy type. Note the heavy bill - much less heavy in LBBG which also has a different structure.

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Old Wednesday 17th September 2008, 08:13   #5
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1 and 2 - Herring Gull. 3 and 4 - GBB Gull (strong and relative short bill, short primaries projection, big head etc). 5 - Sandwich Tern (long dark bill with a yellow tip etc).

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Old Wednesday 17th September 2008, 08:20   #6
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i agree with cristian and jan, first 2 pics juvenile herring gull (see pale inner primaries), pics 3-4 greater black-backed gull, 3cy type for me (3rd winter type) and 5 is a sandwich tern.
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