Sunday, 7 November 2010

Arctic Skua - Lyme Bay 06/11/10

06/11/10. Amazing close views of an Arctic Skua chasing Kittiwakes around the boat, at times only a few metres away and too close to photograph! Normally we only witness this in the distance!

After it singled out a Kit, the Skua kept chasing until the Kit finally regurgitated right by our boat.

The Skua pouncing on the prize.

This bird appears to be a third-summer, pale morph. Not a full adult as there is a pale panel mid-wing created by pale barring on coverts and also some pale barring on the tail coverts. Quite a late bird as most Arctic Skuas have now moved through.