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. RSPB
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I have longed for such a long time to actually see one of these in the flesh, as it were, and yesterday we were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of them. They are such characters! However, the info at the visitors centre tells us that all the bird populations in Shetland, over the last 30 years or so, have declined badly!
So many more Puffin pics in the pipeline, and a bit more info too...
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