Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 1cy November
(last update: 11 december 2003)
(L. michahellis) 1cy, November 22 2003, Rosas, NE Spain.
An individual which clearly replaced upper tertials and wing-coverts in the post-juvenile moult. All scapulars have been replaced for second generation feathers, including the rear lower scapulars, the ones covering the scapular coverts. In the upper scapulars, a subsequent moult to third generation feathers has started, with new third generation feathers again second generation-like, but with the centre more buffish coloured.
The partial autumn moult included the upper tertials, the innermost greater coverts, most of the visible inner median coverts and lower lesser coverts and many lesser coverts.
The bill turns paler at the base.