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|Subject:||Yellow Billed Gull|
|From:||Russell Woodford <>|
|Date:||Tue, 22 Jul 2003 19:05:36 +1000|
I agree with Bill on all points, and guess this bird will turn out to be a Silver Gull. One thing jumps out at me though, and that's the wingtips, which Vin describes as wholly black.|
I've never seen Red-legged Kittiwake (only their Black-legged cousins in Europe) but the following site has some photos of a 1st Winter RLK and its legs are a little closer to yellow rather than red.
The birds in Vin's photos seem to have much brighter leg and bill colouring than the RLKs (maybe that's one of the failings of the Pentax DigiBinos?) and no nape markings. I'm not sure if the foreground birds are also Kittiwakes - there's a larger gull (Herring?) that sure isn't. Anyway, if I was able to get over there I'd go to Tooradin asap to have a look for myself.
For those who would like to know, Tooradin is on the northern shores of Westernport, SE of Melbourne, more or less between Warneet and Koo-we-rup / Lang Lang.
Love to hear more about this weird bird so I hope somebody will find it again tomorrow!
On Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at 06:28 PM, Bill Jolly wrote:
Great pictures from Vin!
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