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This first-basic smithsonianus Herring Gull was photographed at Elliot Landfill, Corpus Christi, Texas, on April, 2005. I feel that this is an example of "trauma fault-barring" whereby this bird underwent some kind of trauma soon after starting to grow it's first flight feathers, and this resulted in the "fault-line" effect shown on the tail and the bases of the primaries - and perhaps also affected the final growth stage of the bill?: