(last update: December 9, 2011)
Amir Ben Dov (Israel)
Mars Muusse (Netherlands)
armenicus 2cy Jan
armenicus 3cy Jan
armenicus sub-ad Jan
armenicus adult Jan
Larus armenicus adults, 15 October 2010, Maagan Michael, Israel. Picture: Amir Ben Dov.
Adult armenicus at the beach. Bird with no old primaries in the wing: P10 has been dropped as well. This is the final stage of the complete moult. Simultaneously, birds finish the moult in the rectrices and finally the gap in the central secondaries will close as well. Common moult stage by mid October is: P7 fully grown, with no old primaries left.
Here: P7 fully grown, P8 at the length of P5. Tail feathers replaced but still have to grow a few inches. Gap in the central secondaries (S1-S3 replaced and fully grown).