Which Kelp Gull?

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Subject: Which Kelp Gull?
From: Trevor Hardaker <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 08:46:37 +0200
Greetings from a wet Cape Town,

Calling all gull specialists, especially those who have field experience of
both nominate Kelp Gull (Larus d. dominicanus) and "Cape" Kelp Gull (Larus
d. vetula). There is very little in the literature on how to definitively
separate these 2 races, which are also often considered as separate species.

We have added a bird to the mystery bird pages on our website at which was photographed near Cape Town on 1
July 2001. What is known of the nominate form and its movements? Are they
fairly sedentary or is it possible that one of these could turn up in South
Africa? Or do you think that this is just an aberrant L. d. vetula?

We hope to hear from some of you out there on what you think this bird is
and why?

We have also added some comments that have been received on our mystery

Looking forward to hearing from some of you.

Kind Regards
Trevor and John
Trevor Hardaker and John Graham
Cape Town, South Africa
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