Ecology of the long-tailed skua
, Stercorarius longicaudus, at Scoresby Sund, East Greenland.
are "halfway between a gull and bird of prey," says Votier.
Although identified as Great Skuas
(Bonxies), both these birds did not look quite right and provoked a lot of debate as to their identity.
In doing so, the skua
shows incredible agility in the air to out-manoeuvre spritely birds such as terns.
It is likely that the arctic skua
, which has been on the beach seen since the new year, is getting its bearings having been blown off course.
One second's lapse of concentration and the skuas
and sheathbills will take their meal.
This might be the proposed MBDA Sea Skua
Mk 2 (latest configuration unveiled at Farnborough International 2008) with active radar, or a shortened version of the MBDA Marte Mk 2/S.
He had denied taking the egg of a rare red throated diver and two eggs of the wild great skua
A sun-blind model of the Avitronics (Centurion, South Africa) MAW 200 missile-approach warner passed a significant test in February when it helped protect a Skua
remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) from a SA-7 Strella anti-aircraft missile fired from the ground.
Only on Samoilovsky Island was the pellet set a mixture of skua
, raptor, and gull pellets.
Of the NT's three offshore oil projects, Skua
was recently abandoned, while Jabiru and Challis are nearing an end.
The male great skua
may be out at sea during the fight and come home to find a new mate waiting for him.