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West Sussex Gull (1 Viewer)

rylirk

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I'm reasonably sure this is a 1cy kittiwake, but just looking for a second opinion (especially to rule out 1cy Little Gull). Video taken at Littlehampton, West Sussex, UK today, and I also include a couple of stills from the video that I used to make my ID.

https://youtu.be/vYN-yr0SE20
 

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rylirk

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United Kingdom
I'm reading/seeing mixed things about which of the species have a collar, and despite that videos claim that a black/scalloped black should be present in Little Gull, I can find many juvenile little gull images without that feature :/ I still think mine is a Kittiwake but, until I actually get familiar with at least one of a set of confusion species (I have never seen a Little Gull and only few Kittiwake), I find these videos aren't always helpful...
 
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Deb Burhinus

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Europe
Yes it's a Kittiwake - They are similar indeed but note the white trailing edge to the wing in the second image. The β€˜W’ in Kittiwake is much neater and clearly defined and the neck collar is distinctive and solidly dark.

(the scalloped back on Little Gull soon disappears as it moults into 1w plumage)
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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