Vega Gulls Larus vegae
February 28th 2012 Choshi Chiba Japan
This page shows 13 individuals. I put rather problematic ones near the bottom of this page.
A typical 1st winter Vega Gull ; darker than Mongolian Gull, paler than American Herring Gull.
A somewhat darker individual.
Another darkish individual with bicolored bill.
Another paler individual.
Somewhat untypical one. Not sure if this is certainly a pure Vega Gull. Note the darkish greater coverts. But other features look fairly normal.
A female type with gray scapulars like 2nd winter.
A light-built bitd with gray scapulars. Might be a 'taimyrensis' ?
Narrow white fringe to the tertial tips, dark base of greater coverts. Probably a 'taimyrensis' ?