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Slender-billed gull?


As two yellow-legged gulls (Larus micahellis) protect their turf a third gull tries to find a landing spot. Slender-billed gull, juvenile/1st winter? Opinions appreciated!


The shores of a large Central European lake.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam 11 years ago
Common Gull
Larus canus Common Gull

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DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Hemma!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

lovely pics. Liked the second pic.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Karen!

KarenL 11 years ago

Lovely capture Daniele!

Liam 11 years ago

Slender-bills Gull belong to a different genus. I believe they have orange legs and bills (longer bills, too).

According to my Sibley's, adult Common Gulls have yellow legs. If you look at the page I linked in my suggestion, there is a nonbreeding adult with yellowish legs.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks pbertoye!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Carol! nico4nicolas, thanks for your comment! It was smaller than the yellow-legged ones. I didn't get another shot as they didn't let it land. We don't normally get Larus fuscus in this area... Some gulls which are not dark-eyed can look dark-eyed depending on the light. So I'm still puzzled...

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 11 years ago

I haven't been to the shore in years. I really would love a seagull spot too. Lovely!

nico4nicolas 11 years ago

Was it as big as the yellow-legged gulls or smaller? The slender-billed gull doesn't seem to fit the profile. I would have said Larus canus or Larus fuscus. I'm a bit curious about its black eye, I never noticed black eyes on gulls before...

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you António!

Beautiful capture Daniele,congrats and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Beautiful series!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Hey Liam! Thanks for your suggestion! This is indeed in the winter range for Larus Canus. But the feet colour seems wrong for the bird in this plumage (I'm looking at plates in my Collins guide). What do you think of slender-billed gull?

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Vevey, Vaud, Switzerland

Spotted on Jan 26, 2013
Submitted on Feb 1, 2013

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