Tuesday 14 January 2014

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), 2cy, 12.01.2014, Hanstholm Harbour

A rather pale 2cy argentatus Herring Gull which recalls some birds labeled as hybrid hyperboreus x argentatus (Viking Gull). The plumage lacks a clear influence from Glaucous Gull when it comes to pattern on each feather and for now the gull is considered to be a European Herring Gull with reduced pigmentation, but it will always be a question whether to name it argentatus or Viking Gull-type.

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