Hi Vin and B-Aussers,
An interesting find! This bird I think has to be a strange Silver gull,
all other features seem to point towards this species, most of the other
suggestions vary in size, shape and other detail. This bird however,
fits Silver gull all except the bare parts - although the dark wingtips
are interesting, but a number of other birds in the shots seem to show
Not quite as extreme, but a bird I saw recently (late June) here in NZ
showed similarly strange coloured legs - I have posted photos at
Check them out for comparison. This bird showed the usual 'windows' in
the closed wing, but I didn't see it fly.
Anyway, interesting birds!
Eco-Vista: Photography & Research + Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ
http://www.eco-vista.com and http://www.wrybill-tours.com
On Behalf Of Vin
|Sent: Tuesday, 22 July 2003 1:35 a.m.
|Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Yellow Billed Silver Gull
|I am fairly new to birding and to this mailing list, although
|I have been lurking around for a while here.
|Anyway, on Saturday, I noticed what seemed to be an out
|of place seagull at Tooradin, Victoria. It had yellow
|legs and bill, and stood out from the 50 or so others
|which were red or blackish. Couldnt find anything in the
|books I had, so just wondering if this was an abberant
|form or something else? Are these things common?
|I have put up a page with this and a few other birds that I currently
|properly identify at
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