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Okay, I thought it was time to start with Gulls and although I know it is very hard, I will have to learn one day. So here is the first one. I believe it is a Black-headed Gull. (I hope I got the first one right )
Do you want to see the Birds of the Alentejo region in Portugal?
Yes - you're spot on with Black-headed Gull. That white leading edge to the wing is a really good field mark to look for in adult Black-heads. Bonaparte's Gull has it too, but Bonaparte's has a black, not red bill, a longer, thinner, neater black trailing edge to the primaries and lacks the grey wedge on the underside of the primaries shown by Black-headed. Notice that the bill is also quite slender, unlike the stoutish bill of a Mediterranean Gull.
If you're just starting on gulls then look up this book; Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America by Malling, Olsen and Larsson. It's the mutts nuts
Most annoyed as well that it's a tenner cheaper on amazon now than when I bought it