This is a selection of Cape Gulls, all taken around Cape Town, South Africa in June 2012. I've put them here simply as a reference collection. They are mainly adult birds, but with a few older immature individuals thrown in. The specific reason I've put them up is because of discussion over one or two recent birds that have appeared in Europe; I hope this series of images helps illustrate some of the variability in wing tip pattern (individual differences between adult birds) and apparent differences in upperpart tone as a function of light conditions. In the latter context, note that ALL photose were taken with the camera dropped down on-quarter stop and I have intentionally NOT altered the colour tones or levels in the photos.
Note the apparent differences in grey tone of these standing adult birds - the bird above looks fuscus black whereas some of those below (e.g. the final adult bird) look graellsii grey. These differences are more apparent in images than I remember in the field, so I think to some degree are light and photo effects.
I live close to the village of Newburgh in North-east Scotland. My local birding patch is the Ythan estuary and, especially in the winter months, Peterhead. Nowadays most of my birding time is spent gull watching.
This web site is really just a way to make my pictures useful in some way, rather than having them sitting unused on my computer. I hope you find them interesting, useful and stimulating. Most pictures are gulls, but there are some other birds dotted around - please browse through the older posts...