Mediterranean Gull K88 adult, February 07 2003, Le Portel /Boulogne-sur-Mer, France (50.42N,1.34E).
This individual is ringed: right green K88. From late summer to September, a complete moult took place, bringing adult Mediterranean Gulls into so-called "adult winter" plumage. The head pattern in wintering bird resembles "first winter plumage" after finishing the complete moult: a blackish mask behind the eye.
The next moult in Mediterranean Gull is a partial moult, from January to April, and includes body and head, leaving birds in so-called "adult summer" plumage from early April onwards. However, some birds may develop a black hood from late February onwards. The head shows a jet-black hood, slightly extending down the nape. Adult birds have broad white crescents above and below the eye.
The secondaries are completely white. The adult primaries are shiny pearly-grey, flashing white at a distance. There is a black line along the outer-web of P10. The secondaries, the under-wing and the tail are completely white. The bare part coloration by February: Iris brown, orbital ring red or orangey-red, the bill red or orangey-red with a black bill-band (and a yellowish tip) and the legs dull reddish or dark.
- K88 Right as >3CY (metal Paris FS 37349) on December 16 2001 at Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE (50,42N 1,34E)
- 21/12/01 Le Portel, Centre Ville, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,44N 1,34E
- 02/03/02 Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,42N 1,34E
- 09/03/02 Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,43N 1,37E
- 13/08/02 Le Portel, Rochers Sud, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,42N 1,34E
- 24/09/02 Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,42N 1,34E
- 25/09/02 Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,42N 1,34E
- 17/10/02 Equihen-Plage, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,41N 1,34E
- 12/11/02 Le Portel, Parking Roro, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,44N 1,35E
- 26/12/02 Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,42N 1,34E
- 04/02/03 Le Portel, Parking Roro, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,44N 1,35E
- 07/02/03 Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,42N 1,34E
- 27/02/03 Le Portel, Pas-de-Calais, FRANCE 50,42N 1,34E