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Glaucus Gull

 

A rather poor picture, taken on film in Pacific Grove, California, 1971, but the gull is a rather uncommon species - the RSPB estimates that only 170 birds over-winter in the UK.

 

 

Glaucus Gull

 

A rather poor picture, taken on film in Pacific Grove, California, 1971, but the gull is a rather uncommon species - the RSPB estimates that only 170 birds over-winter in the UK.

 

 

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 25 Jan 2016, 02:35
It looks very gull-like, Tom.
Tom Wilson: That seems likely, Ray smile
Good of you to document his presence... I'm going to have to remember to show these to Dr Terry Vaughan... he'll be interested!
Tom Wilson: I suspect that this was a juvenile bird.
On top of the world Tom!
Tom Wilson: Well, far west of here!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Jan 2016, 06:17
I have only ever seen one of these, Tom
Tom Wilson: I've never seen one in the UK, Lisl - but, in my year in the US I saw more species than occur on the British list!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jan 2016, 06:58
I would never have known Tom
Tom Wilson: Neither would I without the guidebook, Chris smile
When it comes to gulls, Tom, you clearly know way more than I do!
Tom Wilson: Peterson's Field Guide helps smile
He is quite thin but of course this was the 70's.
Tom Wilson: And, I think, a juvenile bird.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jan 2016, 11:36
When I first see a new bird, not in my archives, yet. I first get a couple of shots - independent of quality, but fast - then I try to get closer and dial proper settings for the shot. You probably did the same.
Tom Wilson: I tried, Louis, but the condition of the slides from this trip is pretty bad - added to which, I didn't have anything in the way of a long lens, so my efforts were often in vain!
I wonder what species it actually is?
Tom Wilson: It's Larus hyperboreus - a juvenile, I think.

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