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04-APR-2004 Tom Grey

Mystery Gull

Salinas State Beach, Monterey Co

Another shot of the gull initially identified as a Glaucous, but this i.d. now seems wrong on the basis of the bill shape, which resembles Western / Glaucous-winged. Possibly a Glaucous x Glaucous-winged hybrid? See other picture under gull portraits.

Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel
1/4000s f/8.0 at 420.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
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Guest 05-Feb-2009 04:16
The strongly bi colored bill and pale eye point to Glaucous Gull for me. However the black does seem to bleed down the bill a bit and this isn't typical for pure GLGU. The birds is worn so the faint duskiness to the primaries is mostly likely faded away if this is a hybrid which it very well could be.