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

(last update: 08 december 2003)


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Photo 9: Yellow-legged Gull 1cy August 24 2000, Le Portel / Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.

Notched tertials can be found frequently in michahellis. This bird shows a relatively small head with dark smudge on the ear-coverts, a relative sloping forehead and a heavy bill with an obvious gonydeal angle.
Compared to other August YLG, this bird is somewhat delayed in moult with still quite some juvenile mantle feathers and scapulars.
Note the pattern of the new 2nd generation scapulars with a ginger tone in the very fresh feathers and a dark shaft-streak combined with three obvious transversal bars of which the upper two are somewhat oval-shaped. The wing-coverts strongly favour michahellis both in pattern and in the rich brown colour.
Note the notching on the tertials and the injury on the right leg.