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Posted Friday 14th December 2007 at 13:33 by lostinjapan
In answe to your mail Stu.

Did any of the 'odd' gulls you saw look like the birds inthe pics below?
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Yes they did, kind of...........there are a couple of threads in the ID forum from earlier in the year with pictures.
Posted Friday 14th December 2007 at 23:05 by HokkaidoStu HokkaidoStu is offline
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Hey Stu

I went back and looked at your threads and what I saw were the two Thayer's Gulls and two 'taimyrensis' Heuglin's Gulls..which many say are just hybrids of Vegae x Heuglin's.

The two pics I have attached are a 'Heuglini' -type Heuglin's..very dark back and quite different primary pattern on the left and a classic Mongolian Gull on the right with the very pale, unstreaked rounded head.

Do you have any pics other thean the ones on your three threads?
Posted Saturday 15th December 2007 at 01:28 by lostinjapan lostinjapan is offline
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Hi Sean............I think those are the only pics. Last year I also saw a darker backed 'herring' type with very black wingtips (almost no white at all). I didn't have a decent camera then. No doubt I'll be posting some 'help! what is this Gull?' type threads as this winter progresses......
Posted Saturday 15th December 2007 at 02:22 by HokkaidoStu HokkaidoStu is offline
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