L. cachinnans, Yellow-legged Gull
I took these photographs at Hatteras on 13 March 1995. Scanning through a flock, I was initially attracted to the bird by its yellow legs. Its mantle showed no obvious contrast to the surrounding Herring Gulls. The yellow legs, overall jizz, and especially, the primary pattern prove conclusively that it is a Yellow-legged Gull, probably originating in either Spain or an Atlantic island. This record has been accepted by the N. C. Records Committee. (Lewis, R. H. 1996. First North Carolina record of Yellow-legged Gull. Chat :60.4: 153-156.)
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At a distance the bird stands out because of its long wings.
As I approached, the bird lifted a wing.
This slide and the next, close up of wing. Note especially the shape and extent of black on P4, P5, and P6. The black shafts may be a sign of immaturity.
The bird took flight.
In flight, note the almost Kittiwake-like pattern.
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