1st winter
Vega Gull
Larus vegae
March 7th 2005 Choshi Chiba Japan

The right bird is a Slaty-backed Gull

A darkish individual. The sleeping bird is a Slaty-backed Gull.

A slimmer bird with thin and sharp streaking on head-neck. Some medium/greater coverts have already been replaced . I felt this bird might be a 'taimyrensis' (-also called a western bird of Vega Gull?), though I could not observe it in detail.

A whitish individual. I feel this might be a mongolicus.

Note the whitish axillary.

Mongolian Gull index page
Japanese Gull Site