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Unidentified Seabird

Observed: 28th October 2011 By: phil.walton3phil.walton3’s reputation in Birds
Unidentified Seabird
Unidentified Seabird 1
Unidentified Seabird 1 2
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Unidentified Seabird 1 2 3 4

Seen flying east, alone, over the sea at 16:40.
Added 30.10.2011 - Thanks for the suggestions of Azorean Yellow-legged and Herring. I am 99% positive that the light has not darkened the hood to such an extent that it is Herring. I have seen many adult and juvenile large gulls and the hood struck me immediately as too dark. I have uploaded more photos with higher resolution, which I hope show the contrast between the light body and dark hood.
Thanks again for the suggestions. All further help welcome.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) interacts


DavidHowdon's picture


These images are quite low resolution - if you can upload higher resolution ones it might be easier to take a view on the ID.

David Howdon

phil.walton3's picture

More Uploads of Unidentified Gull

Thanks David, I have uploaded four pictures that are a bit better resolution

RoyW's picture

Interesting gull

I would think that the obvious hooded appearance would be consistant with an Azorean Yellow-legged Gull, but I'm not sure that other possibilities can be eliminated from these photos (which I agree look to be darker than they should because of lighting conditions).
American Herring Gulls also have a tendency to have very heavy head streaking in winter plumage, and there is also the possibility that it could be just a Herring Gull (the most likely possible large gull species given the location) with an unusually dark hood - perhaps even due to staining/oil.

Take a look at this example of a 'hooded' Common Gull:

David Gibbs's picture

very like

the bird discussed here you could post you photos on birdforum where likely to be of interest.