Black- billed or red-billed gull id

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Clinton9
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Re: Black- billed or red-billed gull id

Postby Clinton9 » Sun Apr 10, 2022 6:05 pm

Here's photos...

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Jim Kirker
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Re: Black- billed or red-billed gull id

Postby Jim Kirker » Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:38 am

Another gull where I favour black billed but request expert opinion please.
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Gull at Karaka Lake 06/08/22
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fras444
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Re: Black- billed or red-billed gull id

Postby fras444 » Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:24 am

That's definitely Black-billed gull mate, it's got that hunched black-billed stance, I want to say it's a softer lighter grey that almost blends into the white (anyone else also notice that in between the two??) that slightly slim build in body and in the bill. Bill is jet black too
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Re: Black- billed or red-billed gull id

Postby Jim Kirker » Sat Aug 06, 2022 11:28 am

Thanks that's a useful point about the posture and the grey fading into the white. I instantly thought BBG when I first saw it near some RBGs but the red foot webs and upper legs made me doubt it.

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