Update Aug 6, 2000: new pics and
a comment added - at bottom of page.
This gull was (is?) present at King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK in late
July/early August 2000. All the images presented here are by Richard
Millington and Dick Newell. Much debate has ensued about its identity,
with candidates such as michahellis, cachinnans,
heuglini, and cach. x argentatus being considered.
More images and some observations can be found at Brian
J. Small's page. Please email your comments to the forum via
which you arrived here, or to me -
New photos from Richard Millington added
Aug 6, 2000:
One comment/question from me (Martin): I notice how on some pics
the underwing coverts/axillaries look much darker than on other
images; all written descriptions mention them as white, with various
degrees of barring, yet if we only had image X
above to go on, surely we'd have trouble matching the descriptions
to the photo. Do you think this is a trick of the harsh lighting,
or more the angle of view - it appears to me that the axillaries
look darker as you view from the rear, and paler as you view from
the front - comments???