1CY Lesser Black-backed Gull with contrasting plumage – 20140819

I have been observing many gulls in juvenile plumage the last couple of weeks and can’t stop from being amazed by the variation in plumage and tail patterns.

This individual caught my eye today: a Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus graellsii with much contrast in the coverts and tertials, white fringes to the inner primaries and few markings on the tail feathers.

All images were taken in Leiden (Maresingel, Huigpark), the Netherlands, 19 August 2014.

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One thought on “1CY Lesser Black-backed Gull with contrasting plumage – 20140819

  1. I wonder if the parents use the differing plumage patterns to identify their individual offspring? Like they apparently do with the head spot patterns on hatchlings?

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