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Old Dec 7, 2008, 8:52 AM   #1
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I'm not sure what type of bird this is. It was hanging out with several seagulls along the sandy shoreline in Tampa Bay before taking flight when I approached too closely.
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Old Dec 7, 2008, 10:56 AM   #2
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I'm not sure either, but perfect picture...focus, composition....excellent.
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Old Dec 7, 2008, 11:00 AM   #3
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Great shot! Not sure which gull this is. There's a lot of different ones about. Penolta will more than likely know...Don
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Old Dec 7, 2008, 9:52 PM   #4
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Great shot! Not sure which gull this is. There's a lot of different ones about. Penolta will more than likely know...Don
Well, sorry, Don and bp, but I don't. Juvenile gulls are bad enough in the field, let alone from a photograph. In Florida, however, they have only half as many as we do on the West coast. My guess is that it is a first year Ring-billed Gull. It is a quality picture, but not from an orientation that is particularly helpful for identification.
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Old Dec 8, 2008, 6:37 PM   #5
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Does this help?



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Old Dec 8, 2008, 9:27 PM   #6
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bpearcy10 wrote:
Yes - from that angle it looks more like a Laughing Gull, a resident breder in Florida.
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That sounds right - a juvenile laughing gull. But, I haven't seen any adults here locally yet.
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From my Australian bird book, it looks like a (rare over here) juvenile Kelp Gull.

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