29 September 2016

On this day (September 29th)..................


September 29th 2013.

Not a great picture by any stretch but I was quite excited by this scene 3 years ago today. A Long-tailed Skua mugging a Common Tern offshore at Yakumo. This is usually something that happens way offshore and I never witness, the Skua was a lifer too.

A couple of weeks later I saw large numbers of Pomarine Skua migrating close inshore at the same place. The last 2 years I checked at the same place/time but got nothing at all................

10 comments:

  1. Not a great picture perhaps but I bet it was a rivetting duel to watch.

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    1. It lasted about 10 minutes, it mugged several terns.............

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  2. Hello Stuart!:) How exciting! A great way to see a lifer too. I clicked twice on your photo, and it really is quite a good capture. I wish that I had taken it!

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  3. A skua of any version is always exciting to watch. After all. they are just marine raptors with all the tricks of the trade.

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    1. I remember getting dive bombed by Great Square in the Orkneys. Good job I wasn't carrying any fish with me.

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  4. I think it's a great picture and a fantastic sight to have seen.

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  5. Great photo of the skua mugging...they're pretty swift !

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    1. Thanks John, it must be great this season offshore.

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