Re: Franklin's Gull at Carnarvon sewage ponds

To: "Frank O'Connor" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>
Subject: Re: Franklin's Gull at Carnarvon sewage ponds
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 10:30:39 -0000
It's definitely a Franklin's Gull. It is in non-breeding plumage, probably a
second-winter bird (possibly older). Only this species retains this partial
hood in winter and there are too many white 'mirrors' in the primaries for a
Laughing Gull, the only other contender for a gull with white eyelids. Also
the bill is short and stout, not long and drooped. A good find well

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136

> Les George photographed a dark headed gull at the Carnarvon sewage ponds
> today (Wednesday 14th).  He believes it is a Franklin's Gull, and from the
> photos I think he is correct.  He hasn't sent any further ID details
> yet.  I attach the photos (cropped from the originals).
> Any comments?

> Frank O'Connor

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