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Gull - Sutherland east coast

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Old Monday 22nd June 2020, 18:23   #1

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Gull - Sutherland east coast

I'm not going to attempt a cy, but I'm going to stick my neck out and say Great Black backed gull.
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Old Monday 22nd June 2020, 21:19   #2
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Old Monday 22nd June 2020, 21:30   #3

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They are coming back here in quite considerable numbers.
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Old Tuesday 23rd June 2020, 10:05   #4
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Normally I read and learn when it comes to large gulls, but: are you both sure with Great-Black-backed Gull?
With such a pale eye in an immature bird, and the bill is not hefty enough, I think its a Herring Gull.
In immature GBB with the palest eyes, they are still amber coloured (allways?).
I made a similar misidentification before, and was kindly corrected by Steve Klasan
With such plain dark underwings its allways good to consider a Yellow-Legged Gull, at least in S-Germany, but otherwise it doesnt strike me as one (among others quite uniform streaked head) and such an underwing is easy within variation for Herring Gull. But I am no expert and would like to learn here, if this is no Herring Gull, because I think, it is one.
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Herring for me too
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Well, no more sticking my neck out with gulls from now on :) Thanks.
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