Great Skua

Catharacta skua

The great skua is an aggressive pirate of the seas, deliberately harrassing birds as large as gannets to steal a free meal.

 It also readily kills and eats smaller birds such as puffins. Great skuas show little fear of humans – anybody getting close to the nest will be repeatedly dive-bombed by the angry adult. These birds migrate to the northernmost isles of the UK from their wintering grounds off the coasts of Spain and Africa. At a distance they look stout and dark and show white wing flashes in flight.

 

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