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.
Long-tailed Jaeger B B - Great Skua
- - - Franklin's Gull - - - Black-headed Gull - - - Mew Gull - - - Thayer's Gull B ?
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.
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.
PUT that storm petrel down not a demand I issue everyday, but it had little effect on the brute of a great skua
that had pounced in the Atlantic swell I was seawatching in gale force winds off Aird An Runair, the most westerly tip of the Outer Hebrides, where Mrs D and I were enjoying our summer break.
The great skua
is a big and powerful bird, chasing the other sea birds until they disgorge their last meal.
Seawatching from the Little Orme at Penrhyn Bay also paid off with the star prize being a Great Skua
The Great skua
is a brute of a bird and lacks the finesse of its smaller cousin.