Yellow-legged Gull L. michahellis



 Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, Wijster, the Netherlands, 5th August 2000. The bird above and to the left are the same.

Note the big head, dark firm blunt-tipped bill, long legs and wings, and the pale underparts and head with a dark smudge around the eye. The scapulars, especially the lower ones, are already a bit worn. The large looking tertials are deep brown with a fine pale edge. The greater coverts are heavily marked with the inner ones more dark.









Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Wijster, 5th August 2000.

When alert YLG can show a flat crown not unlike Caspian Gull L. cachinnans. The same bird is depicted below.











Juvenile, Wijster, 5th August 2000.

 Note its 'firm' jizz, the minimal wing panel (P1-P3 being slightly paler), the evenly dark underwing coverts and the white upper tailcoverts with broad black tailband.










Juvenile, Wijster, 2nd September 2000.

Some 1st winter scapulars are beginning to show. Note the worn tertials and inner coverts.









Rudy Offereins

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