Canon EOS 50D, Sigma lens 300mm, 1/1600sec, F/5.6, ISO-1250
Location: Wadden Sea, Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands, Europe
As is on September 15/2012
The Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) is a large gull that breeds on the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is migratory, wintering from the British Isles south to West Africa. It is a regular winter visitor to the east coast of North America, probably from the breeding population in Iceland.
Young birds have scaly black-brown upperparts and a neat wing pattern. They take four years to reach maturity. Identification from juvenile Herring Gulls is most readily done by the more solidly dark (unbarred) tertial feathers.