strong head striation in spring

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Picture ID: 627
Upload: 16.12.2010
Photo date: 19 March 2010
Location: bordei park, bucharest
Photographer © cristian mihai
Gallery: cachinnans 2cy january-june
Species: larus cachinnans

for mid march this kind of head striation all over head and neck is very unusual for a cachinnans. bill however looks fine and scapulars with strong central part and narrow subterminal anchor are fine for caspian (but could occure in mich also!).
some 3rd gen. (plain) lower scaps have appeared.
note pale left wingtip.