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HH75

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Hi Juancar,
Are there any more images of this bird? While it may well be a Herring Gull, as Jean says, I am finding it difficult to conclusively exclude a darker lusitanius Yellow-legged Gull. I have never (knowingly) seen this taxon, not having visited its geographical range, but some birds can be quite well-marked below. Something about the head and bill on this bird look, if not wrong for Herring Gull, interesting enough to make me wonder.
Regards,
Harry
 

juancar dieguez

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Hi Juancar,
Are there any more images of this bird? While it may well be a Herring Gull, as Jean says, I am finding it difficult to conclusively exclude a darker lusitanius Yellow-legged Gull. I have never (knowingly) seen this taxon, not having visited its geographical range, but some birds can be quite well-marked below. Something about the head and bill on this bird look, if not wrong for Herring Gull, interesting enough to make me wonder.
Regards,
Harry
I have only this one,
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lou salomon

the birdonist
it's exactly what i thought, harry. and the second pic confirms it. :t:
i think i was too shy to present this ID conundrum: lusitanius YLGs often being mistaken for HG since they are heavily marked. on the lack of pale inner primaries and this bird being "at home" in lusie-country, it's pretty clear that it is one indeed. well done, harry!
 

Jean FRANCOIS

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it's exactly what i thought, harry. and the second pic confirms it. :t:
i think i was too shy to present this ID conundrum: lusitanius YLGs often being mistaken for HG since they are heavily marked. on the lack of pale inner primaries and this bird being "at home" in lusie-country, it's pretty clear that it is one indeed. well done, harry!

Missed again ! :C
Jean
 

juancar dieguez

Well-known member
it's exactly what i thought, harry. and the second pic confirms it. :t:
i think i was too shy to present this ID conundrum: lusitanius YLGs often being mistaken for HG since they are heavily marked. on the lack of pale inner primaries and this bird being "at home" in lusie-country, it's pretty clear that it is one indeed. well done, harry!


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RafaelMatias

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Portugal
It is one. But remember to start a new thread in case the new bird is not related to the original title, as it is the case (many people avoid Larus ID photos like the plague ;) , and many will not open this thread just based on the title...).
 

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