Skua Patrol

Great Skuas eat fish, carrion or other birds. I’ve seen them pluck another bird clean out of the air and head down to the sea, where they picked the carcass clean in minutes.

They are very distinctive with their powerful build and white wing-flashes.

Great Skua - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There are fewer than 10,000 breeding pairs in the UK. They breed here in Orkney, as well as Shetland and the northern-most exposed coasts of Scotland and Ireland. They spend the winter off the coast of Spain and Africa.

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