1st winter
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.




A paler individual, but less contrasty compared to Mongolian Gull.


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' ?