An adult Herring Gull of the nominate race Larus argentatus argentatus on Hastings Old Town boating lake late morning today.
Perched on dry island alongside argenteus immatures and adults. Bird noted because of more leaden grey mantle and wing coverts and long-bodied appearance. Thick grey mottling on head and around eye and especially densely mottled at base of nape/uppermost mantle.
In water more erect carriage, especially head held up but also longer-bodied and of note;- length between tip of scapulars and tip of tertials greater on closed wing than the same feature on adult argenteus.
Bill somewhat stouter with whiteish lime-lemon basal two thirds.
Outer primaries markedly white-marked. The tips large and also with a white trail forming a row of white ‘d’ markings isolating some of the black primary tips.
Base of extensive white scapular area cleanly demarcated from grey remainder.
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Photo 0046 Laras argentatus argentatus is standing on the island and is the bird farthest to the right facing right. In the second photo 0050, it is the bird in the water, centre of the photo, directly in front of the wall of the island, facing left. Click on photos to enlarge etc.