Slender-billed Gull- Dunbekmeeuw (L. genei)

(last update: 22-10-2005)

End of February in the Arabian Gulf: there are still 1.000's of Slender-billed Gulls (Larus genei) present at the main island of Bahrain, especially at the beaches north of the capital Manama.
Some adults already start developing a rose-coloured cast at head, breast and belly. Bare part coloration is a first clue to recognise different plumages, with spring 2cy birds still showing very yellowish-orange legs. Adults in summer plumage develop a deep coral red coloration on the legs.
There is a small harbour, north of Manama where most of these pictures at this site were taken. All with a digital camera through a telescope from the car window.