Iceland Gull, 1st winter, St. Mary's Golf Course, Isles of Scilly 4th May 2006
Photographed with Canon 20D with 100-400mm Canon IS lens
This over wintering bird lingered well into the spring. Feather wear is evident, note the inner edges of the primaries. It does however still look pretty tidy.
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Iceland Gull, juvenile/1st winter, Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland 21st February 2009
Photographed with Canon 1D MkIII with Canon 500mm F4 Prime Lens
A slighter and more tea coloured bird than the previous individual. Note the differences in tail patterns between the two birds
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The tail patterns below are markedly different with bird 1 on the left and bird 2 on the right.
Iceland Gull, juvenile/1st winter, Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland 21st February 2009
Photographed with Canon 1D MkIII with Canon 500mm F4 Prime Lens
The bill has paled and is reminiscent of a juvenile Glaucous Gull but is slighter in structure with a tapered tip.
Iceland Gull, juvenile/1st winter, Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland 22nd February 2009
Photographed with Canon 1D MkIII with Canon 500mm F4 Prime Lens
A further bird from Nimmo's Pier showing far less patterning in the wing: the coverts and tertials are are largely plain probably due to fading and wear. Still aged as a First-winter by the dark eye.
Iceland Gull, juvenile/1st winter, Nimmo's Pier, Galway, Ireland 22nd February 2009
Photographed with Canon 1D MkIII with Canon 500mm F4 Prime Lens
A even more extreme bird than the standard juveniles. This individual is now very white and with only minimal upper-part patterning. Note the still dark eye which ages the bird as a first-winter whilst the long primary projection, small head and generally slight build identify it as Iceland from Glaucous Gull.
Iceland Gull, Private Site., Essex, 28th February 2009
Photographed with Canon 1D MkIII with Canon 500mm F4 Prime Lens
This diminutive bird has a strongly bi-coloured bill which is reminiscent of Glaucous Gull however the petite build, small rounded head and long primary projection lend to the correct identification.
Iceland Gull, Private Site, Essex, 2nd April 2011
Photographed with Canon 1D MkIII with Canon 500mm F4 Prime Lens
This birds white primaries contrast strongly with the lightly brown patterned wing coverts and tertials. This bird also shows a most pale bill with a dark tip. Note the elegant proportions and small rounded head.
Iceland Gull, Private Site, Essex, May 2011
Photographed with Canon 1D MkIII with Canon 500mm F4 Prime Lens
A rather late bird showing a distinctly pale pinkish bill base and abrasion to the flight feathers, note the flight shot. A typically small dove headed bird.
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