Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 1cy November
(last update: 11 december 2003)
576K (L. michahellis) 1cy, November
25 2003, Montpellier, S France. Photo Ruud Altenburg.
576K shows an average amount of replaced wing-coverts and tertials 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 (25-50% replaced), with the third generation feathers still very second generation-like in their pattern, but grey-based and again with broad neat fringes indicating freshness.
The partial autumn moult in tertials and
wing-coverts in the left wing:
The bill is most dark, with a slightly paler tip.