HP6308 : Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides), Baltasound

taken 7 years ago, near to Baltasound, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides), Baltasound
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides), Baltasound
Part of a record-breaking influx of Iceland Gulls in Shetland in January 2012. Iceland Gulls actually breed in Greenland, not Iceland, despite their name. The species was added to the British List by Dr Laurence Edmondston based upon a specimen from Unst. Edmondston had used the name to describe the larger Glaucous Gull, which he also added to the British List. He based his name on the local Shetland name 'Iceland Maa' which he assumed, quite rightly, came from the fact that Shetland fishermen knew the species bred in Iceland. By the time Edmondston confirmed that his smaller specimens were a different species, the name Glaucous Gull had been applied to the larger species, and the inappropriate name Iceland Gull became applied to the smaller species.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 14 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HP 6345 0897 [10m precision]
WGS84: 60:45.5228N 0:50.2514W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HP 6343 0898
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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