Caspian Gull 1CY 21 Dec
Larus cachinnans


Photographer

Dick Newell

Date

21st December 2002

Location

Godmanchester, Cambs.

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This bird has very heavy anchors on the scapulars for a cachinnans. In fact it's plumage would seem to fit michahellis better than cachinnans. In flight, Richard Patient noted that it had a white underwing and the look of the bird is much more cachinnans than michahellis. With its small bill, it has a structure more like barabensis, but the scapular pattern is not quite right for barabensis either. Maybe this bird should have a health warning.


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