Adult summer
Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
March 8th 2007 Choshi Chiba Japan

Glaucous-winged Gull is minority but one of the regular winter species in Choshi. This beautiful summer plumaged adult was picking at bony parts of fish at my feet, and was observed at close range.

Note the pinkish orbital ring and gape.

The same individual in 3 different angles.
Note how the tone of gray primary tips is strongly influenced by momentary angles or lighting conditions!