Name this Cape Town gull?

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Please can you let me have your opin­ion as to the iden­tity of this gull in the at­tached photo, taken on 25th Jan­uary in Cape Town, South Africa. Wil­liam Hoff­man, vie email

QWe’re pretty sure this is a Hart­laub’s Gull. Look­ing closely at the photo, we can make out traces of the faint hood typ­i­cal of the species, which turns a pale laven­der-grey colour dur­ing the breed­ing sea­son. Part of the Sil­ver Gull com­plex, Hart­laub’s Gull is one of the rarest gull species in the world, but is com­mon enough in Cape Town to be con­sid­ered a nui­sance, like ferel pi­geons are here, by hu­man in­hab­i­tants.


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