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1st year yellow-legged gull vs herring and Larus cachinnans

For all you gull watchers, and dreamers out there, there is an excellent 
article on the web comparing 1st year plumages of these three taxa, 
Unfortunately it's in italian, but anyone with a smattering of latin or other 
romance language should be able to navigate most of it. The photos are very 
interesting, particularly the side by side comparison of nominate herring to 
yellow-legged gull.
The site is http://www.ebnitalia.it/QB/ . The site title is Quaderni di 
Birdwatching ( Birdwatching notebooks), the official organ of the LIPU, the 
italian birdwatching group. On the home page click on "Anno III - numero 5 - 
aprile 2001. About half way down the content page is the article "Distinzione 
di Piumaggi sul Camppo, etc - by C. Catoni. Click on this, and at least enjoy 
the pictures.
 Gabbiano reale mediterraneo = Yellow-legged gull
 Gabbiano reale nordico = Herring Gull
 Gabbiano reale del Caspio = Larus cachinnans.
The discussed difference in shape (jiz) of Herring and Yellow-legged is real, 
not just an artifact of the side by side photo
Pete Worthington, Simpsonville, SC