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Ring-Billed Gull

By Evertonian  
Taken from our balcony on a Viking River Cruise

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

Voters: ChrisOs, Javier75, Rev2 and 2 more


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Rev2 9 302 2 England
8 Nov 2013 12:32PM
Nice shot of a full wing spread adult winter plumaged Black-headed Gull.

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Evertonian 6 729 England
9 Nov 2013 8:54AM

Quote:Nice shot of a full wing spread adult winter plumaged Black-headed Gull.


Thanks for the comment but it is actually a ring-billed gull.
Rev2 9 302 2 England
9 Nov 2013 9:24AM
With red legs & bill and black spot behind the eye? Ring-billed Gull is an American species, where was it taken?
Evertonian 6 729 England
11 Nov 2013 12:51PM

Quote:With red legs & bill and black spot behind the eye? Ring-billed Gull is an American species, where was it taken?


On the Rhine where is often is, you can see the ring on the bill and the black wing tips with yellow legs

"This gull is a regular wanderer to western Europe. In Ireland and Great Britain it is no longer classed as a rarity, with several birds regularly wintering in these countries."

A research comment, but having had a fresh look, this bird has not got a black head, which looking on the internet the bird must have a black head to be called a' black headed gull', unless you can advise me further because I am not an authority on the subject.

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