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.


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.


Yellow legged Gull no. 1


Yellow legged Gull no. 2


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.


Close up.


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


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


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