Adult Herring Gull In Breeding Plumage

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Shot taken on one of my jollys to Workington on the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria NW England. This one was standing on Stumpy’s Stone.(Stumpy is the local Mediterranean Gull who the Herring Gull had just evicted.)
A wet day in March 2013.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR,Sigma 150-500 zoom,single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix
Non-breeding plumage

The young one

The European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) is a large gull (up to 26 inches or 66 cm long). One of the best known of all gulls along the shores of western Europe.Adults in breeding plumage have a grey back and upperwings and white head and underparts. The wingtips are black with white spots known as “mirrors” . The bill is yellow with a red spot and there is a ring of bare yellow skin around the pale eye. Non-breeding adults have brown streaks on the head and neck. Male and female plumage is identical at all stages of development, however adult males are often larger.Juvenile and first-winter birds are mainly brown with darker streaks and have a dark bill and eyes. Second-winter birds have a whiter head and underparts with less streaking and the back is grey. Third-winter individuals are similar to adults but retain some of the features of immature birds such as brown feathers in the wings and dark markings on the bill. The European Herring Gull attains adult plumage and reaches sexual maturity at an average age of four years Source Wikipedia

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