Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 2cy-3cy

(last update: 08 december 2003)


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(2 images) Yellow-legged Gull 255S michahellis 2cy, July 2001 - September 2002, Etaples, NW France.

Ringed white right 255S and born in the Camarque, year 2000.

Tertials at least #1-5 full-grown. Greater coverts #1 fresh with ginger tone,  #2-3 slightly bleached. Median coverts #1 fresh with ginger tone, #2 missing, #3 to outer-wing full-grown and some central medians slightly bleached. Active moult in the lesser coverts. Scapulars fresh grey, some upper scapulars missing. 

P6 full-grown, p7 longer than p6 and p10 juvenile. 

image below: 255S michahellis 2cy, July 27 2001, Etaples, NW France.

image below: 255S michahellis 3cy, September 21 2002, Etaples, NW France.

255S is a remarkable advanced coloured bird, being all grey in the scapulars and wing-coverts as 3cy michahellis. Note the fire-patterned sub-terminal band in the third tertial and the brownish wash on the inner median and greater coverts. The bill is obviously sub-adult, the legs are rather whitish yellow and the iris is very pale as well, slightly pigmented.