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Baltic Gull - Larus fuscus
Adults
Baltic Gull: Adult, Ashdod Rubbish Tip, Israel 21st March 2012

A classic bird.

Note the very long, tapering to a very pointed looking, rear end. There is little contrast with the very silky black upper-parts and the black primaries, which only have the smallest of white tips.

The primary and scapular crescents are small and narrow.

The head is small and rounded with very pale yellow eye with red orbital ring.
Baltic Gull: Adult, Ashdod Rubbish Tip, Israel 21st March 2012

A far bulkier bird than the above which dismissed my preconceptions that Baltic Gulls are all small and slender birds. This is presumably a male.

Typical feature are evident, the jet black upper-parts with little contrast with the black primaries and small head however this bird shows a thick neck and full check and very heavy keel or handing rear belly, could such a bird be dismissed as an intermedius in the UK?
Baltic Gull: Adults, with adult Heuglin's Gull, Ashdod Rubbish Tip, Israel 21st March 2012
See here of the angle of the light can have an effect on how black the black of the Baltic Gulls can appear.

The bird on the right is sooty/jet black whilst the bird at the left side on to the light looks less black, still blacker than the however than the hueglini.
Baltic Gull: Adults, Ashdod Rubbish Tip, Israel 21st March 2012

Crowd shot of a fine flock of Baltic Gulls which demonstrates the differences light and stance can make to a birds appearance.
Baltic Gull: Adult, Ashdod Rubbish Tip, Israel 21st March 2012

A far bulkier bird than the above which dismissed my preconceptions that Baltic Gulls are all small and slender birds. This is presumably a male.

Typical feature are evident, the jet black upper-parts with little contrast with the black primaries and small head however this bird shows a thick neck and full check and very heavy keel or handing rear belly, could such a bird be dismissed as an intermedius in the UK?
On the underwing the black underside of the secondaries can be clearly seen which contrast with the white underwing coverts. Compare with graellsii by hovering over the image below.
The upper-parts are concolourous with the wing-tips providing a uniform appearance. Additionally Baltic Gull only has small mirrors to P10 only and a narrow white trailing edge to the wings.