A bird flying over the lagoon.

A bird flying over the lagoon.
Species: Yellow-legged Gull   Larus michahellis
Subspecies: michahellis
Author: Carlos Fabregat
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Added to IBC: 4 Mar 2019 - 00:08
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Average: 3.3 (3 votes)
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Altitude (m): 
860 meters
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Submitted by Greg Baker on
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Not sure why this isn't a European Herring Gull (L.a. argenteus) Carlos?

The upperparts look too pale for Yellow-legged and the wing tip has restricted black and a large white mirror.  All these fit Herring Gull.

Submitted by Carlos Fabregat on
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Hi Greg, effectively I was not sure about the identification of this gull. It seemed to me a bit paler and smaller than usual in Yellow-legged Gulls, but I cannot see clearly other key features such as eye ring or legs colours. I decided based on probability. The Herring Gull is a very rare species in Albacete, with only a few sightings registered.

Submitted by Greg Baker on
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I wouldn't worry about leg colour and eye ring Carlos, that wing pattern is wrong for Yellow-legged but fits Herring.  Could be moult I suppose but looks like Herring to me.

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Do you have any frame grabs of the underwing and upperwing pattern Carlos?

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Carlos Fabregat, IBC1566487. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1566487.

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Carlos Fabregat, IBC1566487. Video of Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis at Laguna de Horna, Spain. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1566487.

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