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Seabird off Ireland

Observed: 6th October 2011 By: editor
bird id kilkieran
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Species interactions

No interactions present.


allrounder's picture

Arctic v Pom

The strong breast barring, 'heavyish' looking bill and black hood, extending below the eye all suggest Pomarine Skua but as David suggests, further photo's would help establish a positive id

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RoyW's picture

Suggests Pomarine?

The appearance from this single photo may be suggestive of Pomarine, but I don't think that there is anything visible that is really enough to say that it's not an Arctic Skua.

I think that it is better to leave this one as a 'Skua species' (which is something that we can be certain of!).

Edit: The best pro Pomarine features visible seem to be the fact that the back cap extends below the gape, and the apparent lack of a pale spot above the base of the bill.