Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Dark Pomarine Skua (with spoons)

While I was on Westray last week phenomenal numbers of Long-tailed Skuas were passing by in the NW gale. Seawatching in those conditions is not the recommended activity for a party of non-birding teenagers so despite walking the headlands in some outlandish May weather I was unable to watch the long-tailed sea-sprites pass by. Instead I contented myself with a single melanistic (dark morph) Pomarine Skua from the Westray to Kirkwall ferry. Well, I was pretty excited about this at least. No pics of the Basking Shark seen briefly on the same journey unfortunately.

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