Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 2cy January

(last update: 08 december 2003)


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Photo 8657: Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 2cy, January 04 2002, Etaples, NW France (50.44N,1.35E).

A 2cy michahellis with tertials #1-4 moulted to second generation feathers with a broad white fringe on the last moulted central tertials. Greater coverts #1-4 are second generation as well, with #4 moulted last in line showing a greyish base. The central and outer greater coverts are still juvenile. Median coverts #1-3 are old second generation coverts with the base-colour bleached to white; #4 is fresher, #5 is missing, #6-10 are later moulted second generation feathers and #11 is missing again. Clearly, this bird is in active moult. Six lower lesser coverts have been replaced by second generation feathers. About 70% of the lesser coverts has been replaced by second generation feathers as well.
The lowest row of lower scapulars are fresh feathers with a grey base on the last replaced feathers. One upper lower scapular is missing and will be replaced for a third generation feather. Two upper scapulars are missing as well; again there is active moult in this feather tract. So as the lowest scapulars are just molted to second generation, the upper scapulars are now moulted to third generation.
The head shows a dark patch around the eye which extends on the nape and a boldly streaked neck-collar. The bill is all dark.