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I haven't posted many bird pictures lately so I'll sneak this one in, it's a Franklin's Gull


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absolutely fantastic photos from the american wayback machine, thanks!

You're welcome, they are really quite remarkable. I'm so used to seeing pictures from that era in black and white and while I'm a big fan of black and white photography the color really brought these to life.

Is that a Tern?

I think it's a first year Franklin's Gull though the experts haven't responded to my pleas for confirmation or the real deal.

The phrase "Leave no tern unstoned" has come to mind several times today.

I thought it woudl be a nice coincidence if that's what the picture was.

I like it. If and when I get a decent picture of a Tern I'll use that for the title of the post.

If you find a picture of a bird on grass hut you can use "People in grass huts shouldn't stow thrones."

Walter the BirdNerd says:

It's an adult Franklin's Gull in non-breeding plumage. The dark band on the neck is called a nucal collar and its presence rules out California Gull (as would size and leg color to name a few other differences). The bird is an adult, or close to it because of the uniformly dark mantle (the feathers on the top-side of the back) and the lack of black in the tail. The bird is not a Laughing Gull because of the presence of white mirrors (the circles on the end of the primaries) on at least P8-10.

To be fair, C3PO and R2D2 were in the Death Star at the time. Perhaps they were coerced to say such nonsense. :)


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