The first juvenile, Yellow-legged Gull of the summer at Princes Park, Eastbourne. Present mid morning amongst the local Herring Gulls and Mute Swans. There are a few juvenile Herring Gulls on the wing too. There were also 3 Whimbrel & a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull at Holywell, following on from two adults the previous evening.
A big heavy set bird with wear already visible on the tertials and wing coverts. Large blunt tipped bill, square head & dark mask.
Quite aggressive at times. Tail appeared worn and broken. In contrast to the few juvenile Herring Gulls on the wing, which are still feather perfect.
A big heavy set fella, certainly a male.
Below, the gonys angle of the bill much more pronounced than on accompanying Herring Gulls. You can click on the image to zoom in.
This bird frequently fought for food but also drifted away from the main group.