Gulls On A Rock

Jamie  Green

Backbarrow, Nr Ulverston, United Kingdom

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Seen by the beach at Workington in Cumbria,NW England. We have 3 Herring Gulls and to the left a Great Black-backed Gull.. You can have all sorts of fun working out the ages of these birds as each species has 4 age groups (with adult being the 4th)
The Great Black-back is a first summer bird,the dark bill changes to pink and black by the second winter.The Herring Gull to its right is,I think, a third summer bird judging by the plumage,and the other two seem to be first summer birds.All the adults seemed to be off at the breeding grounds leaving all these sub adult birds to hang out on the beach. Now that rings a bell.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Tamron 70-300 zoom,single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix.
The Great Black-back is the largest gull, bigger than a Herring Gull. It is 71–79 cm (28–31 in) long with a 1.5–1.7 m (4 ft 10 in–5 ft 7 in) wingspan and a body weight of 1.3–2.3 kg (2.9–5.1 lb), though large males may exceed this weight. It is bulky, and has a powerful bill. The adults have black wings and back, with conspicuous white “mirrors” at the wing tips. The legs are pinkish, and the bill yellow with a red spot.
Young birds have scaly black-brown upper parts, and a neat wing pattern. They take at least four years to reach maturity, development in this species being somewhat slower than that of other large gulls. The call is a deep “laughing” cry.
The male European Herring Gull is 60–66 cm (24–26 in) long and weighs 1050-1250 grams (2.3-2.8 lb) while the female is 55–62 cm (22-24.5 in) and weighs 800-980 grams (1.8-2.2 lb). The wingspan is 137–150 cm (54–59 in).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. The legs are normally pink at all ages but can be yellowish, particularly in the Baltic population which was formerly regarded as a separate subspecies “L. a. omissus”. 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.
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