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These presumed Baltic Gulls (Larus fuscus) were photographed by Guy Gibbons at the Umgeni River Estuary, Durban, South Africa in November 1994. Guy tells me that Kelp Gull (Larus dominicus vetula) is the common black-backed form while "Lesser Black-backed Gull" is a rare vagrant in South Africa. Neither of these two birds has the slim, elegant structure of classic fuscus; presumably the mantle shade is within the range of the slightly paler birds from southern Sweden; we'd appreciate any feedback on these birds: