Dr. Harout wrote:Birma, the first shot is superb.
I agree! Did you use your NEX for these shots Andy?
About the ID of the first bird. It's obviously a juvenile. Do you perhaps have some other images from possibly different angles? Could you tell me if the beak is 3/4 black or just the tip? Is only the tip is darkened, my guess would be a juvenile Common Gull, or Latus Canus as they would call it in latin. If it's 3/4 black, it could very well be a juvenile Herring Gull (Larus argentatus).
Coming from your "Skye Autumn 2012" set on Flickr, I take it you took the image there? Both the Common Gull and the Herring Gull are common there.
If you're interested and for future reference, I can recommend the website of Martin Reid
for gull identification. He has collected images of a large number of gull species in Europe and posted pictures for identification in every single pose imaginable.