Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Kumlien's Iceland Gull

2nd winter Kumlien's Iceland Gull found at O'Callaghan's Strand, Limerick City on 10/02/2019.

Update 18/2/19

Latest photo taken on 18/2/2019

The photos below were taken on 10/2/2019

At least one other white-winged gull was also present.  It looks like a 1st winter Iceland Gull but has a pale iris, a feature normally acquired in the 2nd winter/2nd summer period.  It also has a relatively long bill and relatively short wing projection and looks to be about Herring Gull size. The possibility of a hybrid cannot be ruled out.

The shots below were also taken at the same location. The bird in these looks more like an Iceland Gull in structure.

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