Lesser Black-backed Gull - series 1

Sunday, 27th January 2013

Lesser Black-backed Gull - Larus fuscus graellsii and Larus fuscus graellsii / intermedius

Photographed at Radipole Lake, Weymouth, Dorset, UK, on January 18th, 2013

Today I am posting a series of photos of Lesser Black-backeds I mentioned the other day. This will give us chance to examine four of the eleven or so birds that arrived at Radipole as part of a small, cold-weather influx.

The 'Lbb' is my second favourite of our (Portland and Weymouth), regular gull species. It is a stunning bird in adult, 'summer' plumage (photo Paul Baker). As a long-distant migrant it has relatively longer wings compared to other gull species of its' size. Like the Herring Gull, flocks of these birds will often fly in dramatic 'V' formation.

I have provided some provisional picture captions and will add further notes soon. Please, once again, watch this space.

L. fuscus graellsii - sub-adult - 3rd winter - January - 4th calendar year

L. fuscus graellsii / intermedius - sub-adult - 4th winter - January - 5th calendar year

L. fuscus graellsii - sub-adult - 4th winter - January - 5th calendar year.

L. fuscus graellsii - adult winter - January.

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