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 2CY, August 10 2003, Etaples / Boulogne-sur-Mer, NW France.

Typical 2CY michahellis with P8 fully grown and no old juvenile primaries left. In the left wing, the upper tertial and the innermost greater and median covert have been shed and this may be an indication that the partial autumn moult in 2CY has started. Almost all wing-coverts show an obvious barred pattern. Some very recently replaced scapulars are plain grey.
Note pink-salmon legs, much black on the bill and the dark brown iris, typical features in 2CY michahellis.