pale underwing in 1cy mich

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Picture ID: 902
Upload: 27.03.2011
Photo date: 29 December 2009
Location: herastrau park, bucharest
Photographer © cristian mihai
Gallery: michahellis 1cy
Species: larus michahellis

three different birds by the end of december. all three have quite a pale ground colour of underwing coverts although strong light might enhance this effect here. like in many caspians only the tips of coverts have a fine narrow band creating an overall filigrane pattern.
haed and esp. bill shape in all three ind. have led me to the ID as michahellis although even tail bands are on the broad side for YLG.

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