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|Fig 1. Larus Cachinnans - Caspian Gull|
|Fig 2. Larus Michahellis - Yellow-legged Gull|
Characteristics you should be looking for in 1st winter Caspian according to "Gulls" (Olsen, Larsson):
1) Head - "clean": Compare (<=>) the masked appearance of the young Michahellis
2) Bill - pale base develops in 1st winter. Michahellis bill remains dark throughout first year, These photos are from January, so the Cachinnans has had time to develop this feature.
3) Legs - long, pale bubblegum coloured
4) Neck - long <=> Michahellis in fig 2
5) Gonys - flat
6) Eye - small, dark and to front of head
7) Plumage, tertials. Worn in Cachinnans, they are supposed to be already replaced in Michahellis. This young Cachinnans feathers look like they've been through a hedge backwards! (although I can't say the YL tertials look fresh either)
8) Plumage, flanks - not quite clean white in this Caspian, but <=> Michahellis in fig 2.
9) Plumage, other - collared appearance contrasting with clean white head
10) Shape - Cachinnans is supposed to be "bulgy" in area behind the legs, but sounds like a tricky ID feature to me.
Quick look at Dalbeath Marsh this morning revealed nothing of great interest, although I did add Reed Bunt to the NT1590 list as well as LBB Gull, but which race ...