Laughing gull

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Subject: Laughing gull
From: Tim Jones <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 10:31:50 +0000

Yes, theoretically the black sub-terminal band should extend all the way to the 
outer tail feathers. For some reason this is light grey on the outer tail 
feathers instead of black, but on Franklin's I think the outer tail feathers 
would probably be competely white. I agree that on the sum of the features this 
would have to be a late first winter Laughing: flat forehead, length of bill 
which exceeds the distance from the start of the feathering on the bill to the 
eye, grey-brown gorget band, bill long with a slightly drooping look, hint of a 
semi-collar formed from the white throat upwards and behind the ear-coverts, 
long wings and legs. When I first saw this picture I immediately thought 
'that's a Laughing Gull' without even checking all the features - it's just got 
the right jizz - not compact and dainty enough for a Franklin's. I've seen many 
of both in North America - and both in the UK as vagrants. The only thing that 
I think could throw this out would be if, somehow, the photos have been 
electronically compressed vertically or elongated horizontally.


Tim> From: > To: > Date: 
Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:34:57 +1000> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Laughing gull> > 
Greetings,> I have posted Jun's pictures of this gull to my blog> Someone eliminated Franklin's Gull on the 
absence of white outer tail feathers. Have a look at picture two. I still feel 
that it is a Laughing gull because of the sum of the features.> > Regards,> 
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