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Gull Id - Hampshire, UK

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Old Saturday 7th April 2018, 22:49   #1
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Gull Id - Hampshire, UK

Saw two gulls (circled in the picture) among a flock of Black-headed Gulls and Black-tailed Godwits at Pennington Marshes today. While it's not particularly marked in the photo, the two circled gulls had pink flushed underparts and really stood out from the rest of the flock. The photo was taken by a mobile phone through my SLCs and, unfortunately, this pinkness has not been captured by the photo.

Do Black-headed Gulls sometimes have pink flushed underparts or are these birds something more exotic (e.g. Bonaparte's Gull)?

Thanks for any advice or suggestions.
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Old Saturday 7th April 2018, 23:10   #2
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Looks like a Black-headed

See this link

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Nn6YAjNJI8...ull+pink+2.jpg
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Agree, Black-headed.
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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 06:29   #4
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Yes, not often but they can
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The bottom of the two circled gulls is a Mediterranean Gull. Thicker beak and beak shape (cant see the colour due to the quality) darker black head and head marking shape.

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Bottom bird looks OK for black-headed to me.
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Bottom bird looks OK for black-headed to me.
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We did see Mediterranean Gulls while we were there but the the bottom bird was not one of them but I can see how it could be mistaken for one.....my fault for a shoddy picture.

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The near, circled bird, looks to have a more extensive hood than I'd expect on BhG?


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Hmm. We don't have a better picture (or even a worst one) with its head up. The more I look at the picture the more I think that MG could be right....we were more focused on the pink flushed underparts (which was much more evident than the photo might suggest. The head is more of a true black rather than the chocolate brown of the BhG and looks to extend over more of the head, rather than just the face?
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It’s pretty dark mantled and appears to have some black in the primaries, on pretty much the bits you’d expect to see black on a BHG.
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It’s pretty dark mantled and appears to have some black in the primaries, on pretty much the bits you’d expect to see black on a BHG.
If this birds head was in the normal position, where do you think the hood would extend to? Compare the extent of the hood, relative to the rear of the eye, looks to be further away than on the other BhG's, maybe even double the distance?




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A bit like on this one?

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-a-b...-49513804.html
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Very much like, must be a trick of the angle



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Agree that they're both Black-headed Gulls. I would expect to see much more extensive black hood than that in a Med Gull.
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