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Having agreed with Iceland, another look and I was not so sure. It's difficult being a lone bird with no sense of scale. I thought originally the primary projection beyond the tail was long, and thought the beak looked small...now I am not so sure. In fact,the head looks rather angular, not rounded like a typical Iceland, and the bill looks quite angular. The overall bird looks rather heavy, too. Is that just its position?
What does anyone else think? Is it actually a Glaucous?
I’m notoriously bad at gulls but having poured over Olsen & Larsson I would plump for Iceland. Though scale is hard to tell it gives the impression of being smaller rather than larger (looking at the caps on the roof rivets) and the projection looks quite long to me but again that is not totally conclusive from this angle.
It's great to have a picture of the white-winged gull as there was an influx during the new year gale involving hundreds of birds (also Glaucous Gull). I think the small size of the bill clearly puts this in the Iceland camp, but as Ian says it is not a straightforward picture.
The bird hung around for a few days and birdguide postings put it up as an Iceland Gull.
Thank you very much for your comments.
Lat/Lng: 55.0082, -1.4357
OS grid ref: NZ361683