Lesser Black-backed Gull at Broome tip

To: "Chris Corben" <>, <>
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull at Broome tip
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:36:00 +1100
Hi Chris, Welcome to this public discussion that at this stage lacks the vitriol eventually generated by the private discussion re that previous claim of a Lesser Black-backed Gull in Broome on 20 July 2005. I had just dug out my files on that bird with the intention of contacting Hendrik Reers to resurrect that report and submit to BARC. Hendrik said that he would do it without assistance from us but that hasn't happened. I guess that as so often happens with overseas visitors, it would appear that he lost motivation having returned to Germany where Lesser Black-backed Gulls are ho-hum. So if this reaches you Hendrik, please make contact. You may be interested in learning the details of this bird which has been seen by several observers and is even better documented (over 1,000 photos) than your sighting. Hendrik sent me 10 photos of that bird which closely resembles this bird except that the primaries are not so trashed. That dispute was centred on ruling out Kelp Gull which all but one of us did! This time the dispute revolves around finer details of subspecific identity with now no serious claims that this is a Kelp Gull. So the submission to BARC at species level is relatively straight forward. One thing that that debate didn't address was the rarity of Kelp Gull in Western Australia. Maybe it is my failing memory but I have been surprised to learn that there may be fewer than a dozen records mostly in the south of course.
More northerly records should perhaps be subject to review

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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