Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Unusual banded tail pattern in 1CY Herring Gull

It is not difficult to find 'unusual' plumage patterns in young Herring Gulls. They are so variable that almost every individual seems unique. This young bird photographed at Musselburgh on Sunday had a tail pattern that I don't recall having seen before with extensive black pigment tipped with white bands and scallops. That said, maybe now I have a search image I'll notice more like this.

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