Armenian Gull: Adult summer: Ma'agan Mikhael fish ponds, Israel 22nd March 2012
A stunning gull when adults and certainly very distinctive.
The eye is dark with red orbital ring and the bill is bright orange-yellow with bold black band and red Gonydeal spot. This birds is fairly long billed compared to some but does have a blunt tipped appearance.
Note the flat back and mid to dark grey upperparts.
Armenian Gull: Adult summer: Ma'agan Mikhael fish ponds, Israel 21st March 2012
Note how evening light can alter the appearance of the grey upper-parts and almost seem twice as dark.
Another classic bird with a more typical lengthed bill with slight pale distal tip.
The legs are mustard yellow compared to the orange-yellow of the bill.
The primaries show only the smallest of white tips and a small mirror to P10, perhaps indicating not yet fully adult?