Tuesday, 10 August 2010

A summering Long-tailed Skua in Shetland

This stunning adult Long-tailed Skua took up residence in a small moorland valley here in Shetland between late May and the end of June. It appeared to be holding a small territory (which is the reason why I have delayed publishing this post) but contrary to many reports, it was certainly not paired with an Arctic Skua. I spent many days watching, photographing and sound recording this handsome bird, which meant some ridiculously early 4am starts and some extremely late finishes to make use of the best light! All of our visiting Shetland Wildlife groups between late May and late June were escorted to see this superb bird under our expert guidance. You can see more images and read more about the bird and its behaviour in the latest edition of Birding World - Europe's premier monthly birding magazine.

Long-tailed Skua Calls:



































4 comments:

Rocket Ron said...

Fantastic pictorial article mate. Every image superb.

alan tilmouth said...

Great images Hugh, about 20 years ago we had an adult catching chum from a pelagic off Northumberland, four feet above the boat, your pictures brought it all flooding back.

Martin Blow (martin.blow@rocketmail.com) said...

Th Skua pics in particular and fantastic Hugh.

Martin Blow (martin.blow@rocketmail.com) said...

The Skua pics in particular are amazing hugh!