|Adult and juvenile Mediterranean Gulls at one of their busy south coast colonies recently.|
|This adult Med Gull seemed to be looking for feeding opportunities around the nests of wary Black-headed Gulls.|
|This juvenile Mediterranean Gull looks like a recently fledged individual.|
|As gulls go, adult Mediterranean is a work of beauty ...|
|... but juveniles have an appeal of their own too.|
Adult Med Gulls are undeniably immaculate birds, oozing class and beauty among a flock of more workaday Black-headed or Common Gulls. But juveniles are also a work of distinction, all scaly grey with pale eyelids on smudgy faces which somehow suggest an origin more exotic than a south coast gravel pit. By the time birds of this age wander as far as London they’ve often worn off some of the grey powdery coating to their plumage, and look rather paler and plainer.
|Another juvenile: note the scaly upperparts and white eyelids on a smudgy grey face.|