Caspian Gull performing long-call in Albatross posture

I love this.

Here’s a short compilation video that I shot today at the Barneveld waste dump, The Netherlands.

It shows a fourth-calendar year Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnans) performing a long-call. Characteristic for this species is the so-called “Albatross” posture in which the wings are held back and the head is raised by 90 degrees.

Some additional photos that I took:

Fourth-calendar year Caspian Gull, showing the characteristic albatross posture while performing a log-call. Barneveld waste dump, The Netherlands, 13 November 2012.

Fourth-calendar year Caspian Gull, showing the characteristic albatross posture while performing a log-call. Barneveld waste dump, The Netherlands, 13 November 2012.

Here’s the same gull in flight:

Fourth-calendar year Caspian Gull, Barneveld waste dump, The Netherlands, 13 November 2012.

Fourth-calendar year Caspian Gull, Barneveld waste dump, The Netherlands, 13 November 2012.

Fourth-calendar year Caspian Gull, Barneveld waste dump, The Netherlands, 13 November 2012.

Related links

Die Albatrospose der Steppenmöwe Larus cachinnans – Ronald Klein und Andreas Buchheim, mit Farbtafeln von Andreas Buchheim, Limicola 17, Jahr 2003, Seite(n) 21-26.

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