Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Skua attack

The skuas (Catharacta skua) are even more aggressively territorial than the Arctic terns, or maybe it only feels that way because they are so much bigger. They have been known to knock people out cold when defending their nesting areas. This one didn't touch down, but my father says he felt a gust of wind on his head when the bird swooped down to threaten him:


From my collection of scanned photos.

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