Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 1cy November
(last update: 10 december 2003)
(L. michahellis) 1cy, November
27 2003, Port la Nouvelle, S France.
This 1cy michahellis has a blue Italian ring: INHN. It has only replaced a few wing-coverts but no tertials in the post-juvenile moult. Almost all scapulars have been replaced again for third generation feathers. The upper scapulars and over 50% of the lower scapulars have been replaced. Most feathers are second generation-like in pattern, with a anchor pattern and grey-base, easiest recognised by the with broad neat fringes. Some fresh scapulars are almost plain grey.
The partial autumn moult included no tertials, one innermost greater covert (#2), the innermost median covert, five lower lesser coverts and only two lesser coverts. All primaries and rectrices are still juvenile, probably the secondaries as well.