Yellow-legged Gull- Geelpootmeeuw (L. michahellis): 2cy August

(last update: 08 december 2003)


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photo 15: Yellow-legged Gull michahellis 2cy, August 25 2000, Etaples / Boulogne-sur-Mer, NW France.

The tail has been renewed completely, primary P8 is fully grown, P9 has to grow a few inches and P10 is halfway it's final length. Except the innermost secondaries which are still growing, all second generation secondaries show a neat dark centre. Note the grey scapulars and the white upper-tail coverts, contrasting with the broad tail-band. The second generation inner primaries show a window, which is more obvious in 2cy than it is in 1cy, but still not as well-defined as in argenteus Herring Gull.