Checklist S34566822

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Owner Anonymous eBirder

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 2
  2. Number observed: 1

    Details: 1) I report this species as a black headed gull.
    2) Pedro Fernandes, a Portuguese birder who lives in Morocco, reported the media that this could be a Mew Gull.
    3) Vivek Puliyeri picked up the record from the eBird review queue - got more photographs - uploaded into the same eBird list. He liaised with other reviewers to get the views and all of them agreed its a Mew Gull
    4) Pedro was contacted with all the new images and he gave a detailed reply why he is now convinced its a Mew Gull
    5) This is a first for Kerala -7th confirmed for India - http://indianbirds.in/pdfs/IB_9_5_6_PraveenETAL_IndianRarities2.pdf ( Combined by Praveen J )

    as per Mr. Pedro Fernandes ( from his email. Hope not to violate the privacy factor )_

    As for the bird, it looks perfect for a canus. I have no experience with the Kamchatcka subspecies, and limited one with canus heinei (from Turkey), in this end of Europe/Africa what we normally see is canus canus. To me this bird looks good for canus heinei— strong bill, robust appearance, a look that (around here) would make you think of the American Ring-billed Gull. That moulting pattern is also very typical of Common Gull (and Ring-billed Gull, for that matter, but the later has pinkish bill) like on this bird: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/55837161 . Some Common Gulls can show (as does this bird) variable amounts of yellow on their legs. Black-headed gull would have a thinner (and longer?) bill, with a different darker pattern. The head is also round, not squarish like this bird, and you would see some sort of ear spots (and a potential 'band' that to me reminds me of headphones over the head). The leg colour is also not right for Black-headed Gull. To me this is a Common Gull without doubts.

    SO CHANGED THE SPECIES TO LARUS CANUS

    Media:
  3. Number observed: 15
  4. tern sp. Sterninae sp.

    Number observed: 1
    Media:
  5. Number observed: 5
  6. Number observed: 2
  7. Number observed: 12
  8. Number observed: 1
    Media:
  9. Number observed: 60
  10. white egret sp. Ardea/Egretta/Bubulcus sp.

    Number observed: 20
  11. Number observed: 9
  12. Number observed: 32
  13. Number observed: 20
  14. Number observed: 1
  15. Number observed: 1

    Details: Unbelievable :)

    Media:
  16. Number observed: 35
  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 1
  19. Number observed: 13
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