Western Gulls in San Diego – 201404

I was in San Diego, California, USA, last week for a short business trip during which I of course took the opportunity to visit the local Western Gulls Larus occidentalis.

All photos were taken between 13 April and 17 April 2014.

Adult

With yellow-tinged legs.

With yellow-tinged legs.

4th-calendar year types

As adult, but with brown hue on the wing coverts and black markings on the alula and greater primary coverts. One individual also showed black markings in the tail.

13 April 2014. Female Western Gull.

13 April 2014. Female Western Gull.

13 April 2014. Female (front) and male (back), paired together, greeting each other with long-calls.

13 April 2014. Female (front) and male (back), paired together, greeting each other with long-calls.

13 April 2014. Female (front) and male (back), paired together.

13 April 2014. Female (front) and male (back), paired together.

13 April 2014.

13 April 2014.

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3rd-calendar years

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2nd-calendar years

Individual with many replaced coverts and tertials.

Individual with many replaced coverts and tertials.

Individual with many replaced coverts and tertials.

Individual with many replaced coverts and tertials.

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