March 2012 Favs

A few of my favorite photos and observations of March 2012.

Lesser Black-backed Gull, (L.f. graellsii), 19cy, N[D=]
Lesser Black-backed Gull, (Larus fuscus graellsii –  Dutch intergrade), Black D=, 19th-calendar year. Rotterdam, Europoort, The Netherlands, 25 March 2012.
 
Lesser Black-backed Gull, (L.f. graellsii), 13cy, N[8+]
Lesser Black-backed Gull, (Larus fuscus graellsii), Black A+, 13th-calendar year. Rotterdam, Europoort, The Netherlands, 25 March 2012. Note the lighter-grey mantle and the dark orange legs and bill.
 
Lesser Black-backed Gull (L.f. graellsii), dirty plumage
Lesser Black-backed Gull, (Larus fuscus graellsii). Rotterdam, Europoort, The Netherlands, 11 March 2012. The dirt on its head, chest and body is caused by rummaging around a coal storage just across the road from where this photo was taken.

Iceland Gull, 4cy
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides glaucoides), fourth-calendar year. Isle of Texel, The Netherlands, 14 March 2012.
 
Black-headed Gull, 3cy, W[E5RT]
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), third-calendar year, White E5RT. Returning for the first time to the colony where it was born 2 years ago to start its own offspring. Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, 9 March 2012.
 
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