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Laughing Gull
First found by Max Ferrero on 25 December 2023, I believe this is the 10th or 11th Laughing Gull record for Santa Cruz County. Similar to Franklin's Gull, Laughing Gull differs in its larger size, longer bill and having less white in its wing-tips. First cycle birds such as this differ in having a less contrasting face pattern, a more extensive dark tail band and more gray smudging on the sides of the breast. Laughing Gulls appears to be expanding from its core range on the East Coast with increasing numbers being found inland and vagrants turning up in coastal California and Hawaii. The larger subspecies "L. a. megalopterus" is widely recognized but considered a junior synonym of the smaller nominate race from the West Indies by some authors. Formerly included in the genus "Larus."
Location
Hidden Beach, Aptos, California, USA
Date taken
11 January 2024
Scientific name
Leucophaeus atricilla
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Excellent photo of this fellow walking amongst the tide. Not only captured the bird but the bubbles really give a strong feeling of movement.
 

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Category
North America
Added by
jmorlan
Date added
View count
144
Comment count
2

Image metadata

Device
Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Aperture
ƒ/6.5
Focal length
247.0 mm
Exposure time
1/800 second(s)
ISO
100
Filename
LaughingGullIMG_1890.jpg
File size
276.1 KB
Date taken
Thu, 11 January 2024 11:50 AM
Dimensions
1024px x 848px

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