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Southwold Caspian Gull? #4&5 (1 Viewer)

JWN Andrewes

Poor Judge of Pasta.
Two almost adults. Eyes looked darker through bins, then revealed as pale on pics, but the bills look sort of washed out and fleshy. My least likely candidates, but I thought I'd ask the experts in the hopes of furthering my education!
 

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Butty

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My least likely candidates, but . . .
I write this in the hope that you may find it helpful...
I do wonder if it might be more productive/useful for you if you a) concentrated only on the individuals that you feel pretty sure (as sure as you can be!) are of the species you're asking about and b) for each bird give a list of your reasons for thinking/suspecting that ID.
That way, people can give you replies that specifically comment on the ID features that you're using. I can't help thinking that by posting (almost random??) photos of gulls and getting just a species name for them you are likely to learn very little (or nothing if you're anything like me!).
 

Keith/Portland

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United Kingdom
Meant with the very best of intentions:

I agree with Butty, however you can only ever be ‘pretty sure’ if you know the basics. This has been said time after time in birding, ‘it is absolutely essential that you learn to identify the common species first’, Herring Gulls in this case.

So, let’s reverse the question. Why do we call the birds on your photos Herrings Gulls?

Clue: it’s not because they don’t ‘look like’ Casps.

Best.

K

‘loads of gull stuff but certainly no expert’
flickr - gull albums
 

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