Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 1cy November
(last update: 11 december 2003)
697B (L. michahellis) 1cy, November
27 2003, Montpellier, S France. Photo Ruud Altenburg.
697B 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 both the upper and lower scapulars, a subsequent moult to third generation feathers has started (75-99% in the upper scapulars; 1-25% replaced in the lower scapulars), with the third generation feathers still very second generation-like in their pattern, but again with broad neat fringes indicating freshness. The last moulted scapulars appear much more greyish.
The partial autumn moult in tertials and wing-coverts:
The bill is most dark. All remiges and rectrices are still juvenile.