Adult
Taimyr Gulls 'taimyrensis' /Vega Gulls
 
Larus vegae
Nov. 1st 2012 Donghea, Korea  
Photographed by Choi, soon-kyoo.
Provisional identifications/captions by Michiaki Ujihara
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('Taimyrensis'   is temporarily named Taimyr Gull here.)

The Yellow Sea including the west coast of Korea is known as the main wintering range of Mongolian Gull. By contrast, species composition of large white-headed gulls in the east coast of Korea seems to be very similar to that of Japan.  


 

Taimyr Gull
Bright yellow legs, and 3 old primaries (P10-P8).

 

Taimyr Gull
Yellow legs, and 4 old primaries (P10-P7). Note that the Vega Gull in the background retains 2 old primaries only (P10 and P9).

 

Taimyr Gull
Yellowish-legs, and 3 old primaries (P10-P8).



PresumedTaimyr Gull
Vague flesh-colored legs, not bright yellow, not pure pink. The extensive head streaking resembles Vega Gull. But the slim structure and late primary molt indicate taimyrensis.


 

Presumed
Vega Gull

 

Presumed
Vega Gull

 

Presumed
Vega Gull