nominate Lesser Black-backed Gull (L. f. fuscus)
Amir Ben Dov (Israel)
Hannu Koskinen (Finland)
Mars Muusse (the Netherlands)
Larus fuscus fuscus 5-6cy J475 2010-2011, Ashdod, Israel. Pictures Amir Ben Dov.
J475 was ringed on 26 July 2006 at Maritholman Sørvest, Nordhorsvær, Sømna, Nordland, in northern Norway (65°19'44"N 011°37'49"E).
below: 5cy J475 March 13 2010, Ashdod, Israel. Picture Amir Ben Dov.
Note head streaking, next to COPE (13+cy) from Finland.
below: 5cy J475 March 16 2010, Ashdod, Israel. Picture Amir Ben Dov.
P10 seems to fall short, but this may an optical illusion. On the other hand, this is a late moulting individual as the images of next year show. Note extensive head streaking, not seen in this extent in other ringed adult fuscus from this date.
above: 6cy J475 January 22 2011, Ashdod, Israel. Picture Amir Ben Dov.
Complete moult on the wintering grounds almost finished: P7 fully grown, probably only P10 still old. Note black on billl in this 6cy bird.
below: 6cy J475 March 08 2011, Ashdod, Israel. Picture Amir Ben Dov.