Large, very pale gull, with uniformly-colored pale plumage. Bill is flesh-colored with dark tip. Pretty distant photos, but got good scope views. First winter gull.
1st cycle. Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada December 29, 2014
Seabrook, NH December 24, 2014
The photo depicts several species of gull, including glaucous gulls. You can see one in the right side of the photo (light gray wings, white body and -- if you zoom in -- a red spot on the bottom of the yellow bill.
Coming into land on the railings of the helideck of MV Ortelius. Greenland Sea, off Amsterdamøya, NW. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.
While the sled-dogs keep the Arctic Foxes at bay, these huge gulls are much bolder. I observed them taking both eggs and ducklings. Sled-dog kennels, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.
The Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) is a large gull which breeds in the Arctic regions of the northern hemisphere and the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is migratory, wintering from in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans as far south as the British Isles and northernmost states of the USA, also on the Great Lakes. A few birds sometimes reach the southern USA and northern Mexico.