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

(last update: 08 december 2003)


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Photo 8904: Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 2cy, January 05 2002, Etaples, NW France (50.44N,1.35E).

A 2cy michahellis with many moulted wing-coverts and tertials. Tertials #1 is still juvenile and abraded at the fringe. Tertials #2-3 are second generation feathers with a white fringe on the tips. Greater coverts #1-4 are second generation, with #4 obvious a fresh second generation feather. Median coverts #1-10 are second generation and the lower lesser coverts have 5 feathers of second generation. Already 7 or 8 lesser coverts have been replaced by second generation feathers.
Three feathers in the lowest row of scapular are missing and in general the lower scapulars are later moulted to second generation feathers than the upper scapulars. The upper scapulars are already bleached and slightly worn.
The head shows a dark patch around the eye and a boldly streaked neck-collar which extends along the side-breast to the belly. The bill is all dark.