Posted by Peter Wilkinson (220.127.116.11) on August 15, 2000 at 23:29:28:
In Reply to: gull posted by Phil Pickering on August 13, 2000 at 08:45:26:
Like several others, I too wondered if this might be a partially albinistic bird, but eventually concluded from the quality of the tones (at least as they come over on my monitor) that it isn't.
I lean much more towards than Iceland than Glaucous (no experience with barrovianus) or Glaucous-winged (where my experience is very limited). Even trying to allow for the angle at which the bill is photographed I find it hard to make it massive enough for Glaucous and the bird looks long-winged and rather short-legged. There seem to be some similarities with the bird in plate 434 in the 2nd edition of Peter Grant's Gull identification guide.
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