Mew Gull Larus canus canus; heinei; kamtschatschensis; brachyrhynchus

(last update: March 12, 2012)

Kjeld Tommy Pedersen (Denmark)
Chris Gibbins (Scotland)
Frank Majoor (Netherlands)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)

Mew Gull canus & heinei, winter 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Catching canus and heinei in Copenhagen. In severe winter conditions, times are best to catch Mew Gulls in and near the lakes and ponds of the cities.

Below: still dark. Large flocks congregate at the lakes.

Below: still dark, but the first flock responds to the bate.

Below: snow hampers feeding in the fields, so the gulls are forced into the cities to feed on bread in duck-ponds and human settlements.

Below: another catch of small gulls: Black-headed and Mew Gulls.

Below: January 20 2010. Kjeld: "Yesterday we caught 117 ex. - and the only reason for not catching again today is "Out of Colour Rings". At the moment I could easily catch 100's of Mew Gulls a day, but processing all these birds is a hell of a job. Until now, I have caught about 1.000 Mew Gulls this winter, and >10% of these birds are heinei. Here are some pictures and video attached. Have fun!

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