8 October 2012
A pelagic visitor..............
OK I know it's a crappy picture and a very heavy crop but it is quite an interesting bird....................
It was identified as a South Polar Skua, a visitor to northern oceans in the the southern winter I guess.
Taken from the pelagic trip off Tomakomai on Sunday. I was the only person who saw this individual, I didn't even ID it until a couple of hours later. when it was suggested it was a South Polar Skua................there must have been more than one around because luckily the other people on the boat saw a distant one later (I missed that one).
**Edited to add**
It seems to be that this was misidentified and is actually a Pomarine Skua, check out the comments below and on this thread on birdforum.
I made a bit of a fool of myself, after 4 boat trips I still haven't worked out how to put on the lifejacket properly and have to be shown how to do it. I think I've worked it out now but I fully expect to stare at one in a dumbfounded way the next time.
Apart from the Skua it wasn't a productive trip...........................there were almost no birds on the sea at all. Really, virtually nothing. Except a few Streaked Shearwater, none of them particularly close.
Very nice autumnal weather and it was quite relaxing on the boat.
I don't regret missing the Liverpool v Stoke game at least.
Thanks for clicking this link.......