3cy Larus michahellis

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. Compare with 3cy argentatus (unfortunately out of focus),
and note bright yellow legs: one of the typical characters of michahellis. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007.
No streaks on neck, body almost pure white,
unlike argentatus of this age. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007.
Compare with older subad argentatus. Note tone of the mantle, which is darker grey, but not yet fully adult-type on michahellis.
Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. Saddle-pattern with contrasting tail very typical characters to this species.
Foto: Hannu Koskinen


3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. No mirror in p10 and outer primaries are dark brown without any white in primary tips.
Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. Very strong yellow bare parts already as 3cy is typical to michahellis.
Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007.
Obvious brown pattern of underwing is typical character of 2nd summer michahellis. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007.. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. Again, a bit darker than argentatus. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007.
Note the very typical pattern on tail: white rump with contrasting dark brown tailband. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. Foto: Hannu Koskinen

Larus michahellis
3cy Larus michahellis Tara dump, SW Finland 26.5.2007. On background one 4cy and 2 (3cy) argentatus. Foto: Hannu Koskinen