Monday, February 23, 2009

Gull - Juvenile Herring Gull

I think this is a juvenile Herring Gull, would appreciate any help in the identification. These were taken October 2008, along Maderia Beach, Florida.
Maderia Beach is on the Gulf of Mexico, just north of St Pete Beach.
Notice the gulls in the background, he is so much larger, and not just because he is in front of the others. It was what caught our eye to begin with.
I thought to begin with it was a juvenile Laughing Gull, but with the up close photographs I have come to the conclusion it is a Herring Gull. What do you think?

Look at those markings and that bill.
He turned and took off, but it was worth keeping for id purposes.
And the famous 'gone' photo we all have of so many birds.
These photographs were taken in October so it was not mating season.
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2 comments:

Lynne said...

Ugh. Gulls and shorebirds are a real thorn in my side. I really should make a bigger effort to learn them...maybe next month...

Anonymous said...

Hi Leedra, I think you are right
about this being a Herring Gull.
With gulls, there are so many
variables that make them difficult
to ID, esp. by photo. I think
you have caught enough detail on
this one to call it a Herring.
Nice.
Hap in New Hope (MN)

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