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___________________________________________________________________________________________ Birds 204 - Great Skuas or Bonxies

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

 

                                                                                                       GREAT SKUA OR BONXIE Stercorarius skua

 

·         The Great Skua or Bonxie Stercorarius skua (the latter vernacular name is favoured in the North) is rarely referred to in a complimentary manner by those of us belonging to a species with far worse habits than its own – to be fair it is not exactly a pretty bird - and the usual adjective that one associates with this species is “piratical”. This certainly describes their feeding behaviour accurately as Skuas will often force other birds to disgorge their prey prior to robbing them but for all the above this is a fascinating and enterprising bird. With thanks to Tim Stenton of Shetland Wildlife and their associates for enabling these photographs to be taken.

 

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