in juvenile plumage
Following my curiosity having watched this seeming Med Gull X Common Gull hybrid (or maybe extreme variant Common Gull), friends and followers sent some fab links and photos of juvenile/ first winter Relict Gulls. Relict Gulls are a 20th century phenomenon. Discovered in the first half and thought to be something like an ‘Eastern Mediterranean Gull’; given full species status in the 2nd half (1970) as the Relict Gull.
They don’t always have wholly white underwings as first years, see >>> here <<<
and this is a stunning series see >>>here<<<
Now I can see what they really look like . Cheers guys- especially to Mark Thomas, Peter Kennerley, Killian Mullarney and those who responded at the end of the first post.