18.3.20 Iceland Gull at Birling Gap

Dull, overcast with a moderate and cool SW wind.

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Today, I basically spent hours watching this thing and the 1500+ large gulls following it at Birling Gap. I was amazed not to find a single Yellow-legged or Caspian Gull amongst them but was very pleased when a dainty juvenile (2cy) Iceland Gull briefly dropped in amongst the Herring Gulls.

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Iceland Gull. A really elegant one, perhaps a female.

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It’s actually my first “white winger” at Beachy Head

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Some interesting dark markings in the outer primaries although being confined to the inner webs, not really what you’d want to see if considering kumlieni. Only spending about 5 minutes in the field before departing east, I was unable to locate it again despite spending several hours looking through the Herring Gulls.

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