1CY Baltic Gulls, Stockholm – August 2015

Images of first-calendar year Baltic Gulls Larus fuscus fuscus, for your reference and enjoyment.

All images were taken in Stockholm, Sweden, around the Skeppsbron area, 7 – 10 August 2015.

Bird #1

These photos taken on 8 August 2015 show that this bird has already started replacing some of its scapulars and lesser coverts. Images taken by Alan Dalton 6 days later show an even more progressed moult.

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Above: my photo from August 8.

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Above: Alan Dalton’s photo of August 14. Note the progression in the scapular moult.

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Bird #2

A very dark bird with much black in the tail and a dark underwing. The photos were taken at 6 o’clock in the morning on Monday 10 August 2015 during my last photo shoot before leaving Stockholm.

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Bird #3

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Birds #4 and 5

Alan and I found these siblings at the town hall, with a parent protectively flying overhead.

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Birds #6 – 13

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Underwings

A few more underwings.

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Tail patterns

To finish, a selection of tail patterns.

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