Skua (Great and Arctic): in Shetland colonies, the diet of great skuas
is primarily fish, predominantly whitefish (discards), sandeel, and herring.
The link shows up in an unusually long dietary study of great skuas
nesting on the Scottish island of Foula in the western North Sea, says Stephen C.
The toll also includes puffins, razorbills, gannets, great skuas
and lesser black-backed gulls.
, large seabirds not given to subtlety, sometimes kill each other during disputes over a mate, reports Robert W.
The toll includes rare puffins, razorbills, gannets, great skuas
and lesser black-backed gulls which are common around Ireland.
The Great Skua
had found a floating feast in the shape of a dead porpoise and took full advantage by gorging itself on the free food.
The Great skua
is a brute of a bird and lacks the finesse of its smaller cousin.
Dozens of little gulls picked items from the raging surf, a glaucous gull patrolled the tideline, a Leach's petrel battled the winds and a great skua
preyed on smaller birds weakened by the storm.
On the beach 80 sanderling and not far away a great skua
lingered off Criccieth, with 33 whooper swans on the Glaslyn marshes.
A big burly great skua
did much the same, only it targeted kittiwakes and lesser black backed gulls.
I update the daily bird news for the Glamorgan Bird Club's information line - a service provided for the club's 150 members - and the latest news includes a great skua
and grey phalarope, both brought in by the storms last weekend.
The boys loved the sight of a great Skua
, or bonxie, attacking a much larger gannet to make it drop its load of fish.