A very interesting 3rd (4Cy) winter Gull roosting on the Slough at Lackford Lakes SWT, Suffolk this evening from after 4pm, your thoughts please!.
Its a Herring Gull type but none like ive seen before!.
I picked it up on short very bright bubblegum pinks legs to start off with which instantly started alarm bells ringing, dark Mantle one shade at least darker than argenteus Herring nearby, extremely heavy mottled nape, breast and even some on flanks, head also completely heavily streaked, red eyering, dark eyed, long yellow bill with well pronounced gonys angle and upper mandible tip drawn out radius projecting slightly beyond lower, Structurally reasonably thickset,small amount of brown in tertials ,only seen to flap very briefly where slight secondary bar and black primary wedge seen no primary window noticed.
The bird was mostly obscured, preening or asleep and with the failing light photography was extremely challenging to say the least but managed a few record shots.
Since getting home and doing research into bird it seem to be a very good VEGA GULL candidate with all features fitting nicely - if only it was that easy!.