head striation in november

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Picture ID: 887
Upload: 23.03.2011
Photo date: 20 November 2008
Location: constanta
Photographer © razvan zinica
Gallery: michahellis 1cy
Species: larus michahellis

by 20.11. postjuvenile moult on head should have been finished. this is how a typical or average fresh "1st winter" head of michahellis looks: rel. fine grey striation on crown and especially concentrated around eye producing the dark "smudge".
on bill, note that base of lower mandible already got paler.

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