Since then, I have seen odd birds that have shown some, but not all the requisite features and these are either within the range of our own local Herring Gulls or may be intergrades. Obviously, looking more closely at our own local Herring Gulls in order to try and find a Sandinavian bird, as well as looking at many images on the internet and doing some reading up on the subject has been very educational. So, let's look at this winters crop that are all 1st-years.
|Image taken on 7th Dec 2013.|
|Image taken on 14th Dec 2013.|
|Image taken on 19th Jan 2014.|
|This is a classic individual and there can be no doubts about this one.|
But then, as part of the learning process....
|This bird is thrown into the equation. Photographed on 25th Feb 2012. Note retained juvenile rear scapulars and snouty look to head and bill profile.|
|Just look at that bloody tail pattern. I have it on good authority that this is an example of a dark variant argentatus.|
|It's certainly a scary one and not one I would have sorted out without an expert opinion.|