Monday 31 July 2023

31 July 2023 - SOUTH POLAR SKUA off the Isles of Scilly: Golden Balls Strikes Again!

Having had a probable Scopoli's Shearwater on this trip, surely lightening couldn't strike again... It was half way through the evening that someone called 'skua' and with cameras clicking the bonxie-type bird approached the boat. 

Clearly in moult the uniform cold-toned bird flew from the back of the boat before heading away off the starboard  side.  

The very many pictures taken and expertise gathered concluded and confirmed what was being discussed onboard the Sapphire - this was a SOUTH POLAR SKUA!

My luck on these pelagic trips was brilliant - Deserta's Petrel, Zino's Petrel, Scopoli's Shearwater and now South Polar Skua. Will I ever get another seabird tick off Scilly...?

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