Yellow-legged Gull - Larus michahellis

(last update: October 08 2013)

Delfín González
Gabriel Martín
Antonio Gutierrez
Amir Ben Dov
Mars Muusse

Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 1CY, October 01 2001, Le Portel, NW France.

In the scapulars, the base of first moulted feathers turn paler now (they were moulted late July) and they contrast with the blackish barred or anchor pattern. Most recently moulted scapulars have a buffish centre and buffish fringe.
One greater covert has been moulted, two medians and five lower lesser coverts have been replaced while the outer lesser coverts are missing and one lesser covert is new with two missing. The white fringes of the tertials are completely worn away and the primary tips start to turn brownish.
A very strong and large bird, probably a male.