Yet more Yellow-legged Gulls!

The glut of Eastbourne Yellow-legged Gulls continue.

3 different birds present this afternoon. Subtle differences in the tertial and greater covert patterns mark them out as different birds.

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Just to think I used to spend hours at the stinking dung pile that is Rainham refuse tip straining my eyes through a ‘scope. Now I can sit in the sunshine virtually hand feeding the things. The only draw back is you look like a total madman to people walking buy.

BIRD1

Yellow legged Gull no. 1

BIRD2

Yellow legged Gull no. 2

BIRD3

Yellow legged Gull no. 3

No.3 had slightly pale tips to some scapulars & greater coverts. Along with “whiter” tips to the tertials. A smart looking bird and well within the margin of variation.

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Close up.

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Two juveniles in the melee for bread, their distinct tails clearly marking them out.

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Bird number 2. They can look quite refined off the water, owning to their long legs and attenuated long primaries.

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