Bara Gulls - an Album

Permalink 05:08:33, Categories: Photographs, General comments  

Taken on the 3rd October 2009 at Busaiteen Maharraq

the album contains a series of 155 images some distant some close mainly of what I assume to be Steppe Gulls but there are one or two that could well be Caspian or Baltic Gulls. The odd tern is included

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October Birds

Permalink 17:33:56, Categories: Photographs, General comments  

Early gulls - all seem to be Barabensis Steppe Gull with just a few exceptions however if you see one I have missed don't be surprised but let me know.

A caspian Gull Cachinnans



Gulls for ID

Permalink 09:56:07 pm, Categories: General comments  

Dave Kennedy
Arlington Heights, IL
I will add descriptions in the next few days but have to check a few things first - so easy to be wrong
some of the more obvious birds though are Great Black-headed and Black Headed Gulls

I am not certain if the first four pics are cachinnans (Caspian) or barabensis(Steppe) but my instinct tells me that they probably are the later - will have to consult others -

Consensus is Larus barabensis Steppe Gull

Consensus is Larus barabensis Steppe Gull

Consensus is Larus barabensis Steppe Gull

Consensus is Larus barabensis Steppe Gull

Consensus is for only a tentative ID as Larus barabensis Steppe Gull since
This one looks non adult due to the dark markings on the bill but what can be seen of the plumage and primary pattern it could be quite easily an adult, bare parts are dull perhaps due to early season. All features that are good for Caspian as well.

For birds to right of Great Black-headed Gull/s consensus is Larus barabensis Steppe Gull

These are a mixed bag - left could be either Caspian or Steppe - Middle most likely Steppe - bird on the right either a pale Baltic Gull fuscus but perhaps more likely a female (from size) heuglini Heuglin's Gull

As clear as mud I think -



Heuglini - I think so

Permalink 06:07:23 am, Categories: General comments  

These gulls were photographed at Busaiteen during this weeks sandstorm - the light was really bad so they probablly appear a little darker than they should but as always depth of colour in digital cameras is always open to question.

I am fairly certain the group are all the same Heuglini or Heuglini Gull - although some of the younger birds might be debatable and I don't know enough to be 100% sure - structure and jiz are consistant enough I think to say - all the same

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Test your Gulls indentification skills

Permalink 08:17:43 am, Categories: Photographs, General comments  

whats are these all pictures taken on 2feb 08
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