9th July 2016 Yellow legged Gull

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.

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A big heavy set bird with wear already visible on the tertials and wing coverts. Large blunt tipped bill, square head & dark mask.

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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.

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Bruiser.

A big heavy set fella, certainly a male.

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Below, the gonys angle of the bill much more pronounced than on accompanying Herring Gulls. You can click on the image to zoom in.

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Yellow-legged Gull

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This bird frequently fought for food but also drifted away from the main group.

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Yellow-legged Gull.

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