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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fuscus Lesser Black Backed Gull; Skeppsbrön; September 2009

Sub Adult Fuscus, not much mistaking them in this plumage, a very smart bird indeed.

This taken a few days ago. Note the long dark bill, pale head and chest, dark centred tertials with rather narrow paler fringing and the attenuated all dark primaries. This bird a late moulting individual, probably born late in the season. Note the rear scapulars are compact and rather small in comparison to Caspian Gull, photos posted on an earlier thread.

Taken yesterday, this bird has been in the area for a few weeks now. Rather pale head and breast. See tertials and primaries in detail in the photo posted below. Note also the long legs and rather slim attenuated structure. The nape is clean and devoid of any noticable markings. Caspian Gull often shows a rather well marked nape...

A close up of the tertials and primaries. Note the rather tidy, uniformly naroow pale fringes on the tertials. Primaries all dark with no pale fringing, extending well beyond the tail at rest.

Fuscus Lesser Black Backed Gull still in eveidence yesterday at Skeppsbrön, with 5 birds noted. Numbers are dwindling though as birds depart on migration. A few shots here taken over the last few days, although no flight shots taken as yet..

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