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Slaty-backed Gull Larus schistisagus   - Adult in winter plumage
Slaty-backed Gull
Photographer : © Peter MacKenzie
Location :Konbumori, Hokkaido, Japan
Date : 20 December 2010
English synonyms:Slatey-backed Gull
Bird Family :Larini - Gulls
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Olsen & Larsson (2004) describe winter birds as: "Head dark-streaked or -spotted, often with denser dark streaking around and behind eye, creating dark streak through eye." (p.350)
I might have wished for better conditions (I took this under low cloud and in heavy rain) but it illustrates their remark quite clearly. - PM