Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 1cy August

(last update: 08 december 2003)


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Photo 8: Yellow-legged Gull 1cy August 24 2000, Etaples, France.

Compare the brown tone of juvenile upper-part feathers and the worn fringes of coverts and tertials with that of LBBGs (graellsii) from the August Section. This worn condition of the coverts and tertials almost excludes any 1cy LBBG in mid-summer. For Yellow-legged Gulls this is an average moult stage at the end of August with  nearly all the upper scapulars and some lower scapulars replaced for first winter feathers.
The pattern of these 2nd generation feathers is remarkably homogeneous: a very dark (double) anchor pattern contrasting with the white base (which is buffish hued or gingery when fresh). Note the bright colour of the legs, almost 'salmon-coloured' without black shins (as in many 1cy LBBG).