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January 24, 1997, Akune, Japan
photos courtesy of Haynes Miller, copyright 1998

first winter Slaty-backed Gull in front left w/ pale head and dark smudge around eye; adult taimyrensis(?) w/ yellowish legs at right

note the adult on right w/ orange-yellow legs (same bird as above; taimyrensis?); note heavily streaked adult on left with bright pink legs (vegae?); are some birulai?
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