Great/Brown Skua's

Heres a bit of information about the Great/Brown Skua. This is a bird I had never seen before visiting South Africa, and getting pretty close to the Arctic. Below are a few photos that were shot off the coast of South Africa, near shark alley in 2013.

Length: 53–58cm.

Wingspan: 125–140cm.

Weight: 1.2–1.8kg.

Coloration: Dark brown overall with paler, often golden streaks, especially on the nape; bright white ‘flashes’ above and below the wings. Sexes similar; juvenile darker.

Diet: Mostly fish, either stolen from other birds or collected from the sea; also smaller gulls, waders and auks, and their eggs and chicks; baby rabbits; and carrion.

Breeding: Pairs for life and nests singly or in widely spaced colonies. Nest is a shallow scrape lined with grass. In May lays two eggs, incubated for 29–30 days; chicks fed by both parents until they fledge at about 44 days old.

Habitat: Breeds on damp moors and sandy lava plains close to the coast; often travels far from land during non-breeding season, foraging over open ocean.

Status: Uncommon; world population estimated to be 48,000 breeding pairs.

Lifespan: Usually 15 years; oldest known individual lived for 32 years.

Brown Skua

Brown Skua Ocean Foam

Brown Skua

Brown Skua

Photo credits: Geoffrey Green.

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Geoffreygreen46

Thanks, Bennymarty. Your animal collection is pretty incredible!

Bennymarty

very good!!

Geoffreygreen46

Thanks, Lenutaidi!

Lenutaidi

Wow! Beautiful images! Thank you for sharing!

Geoffreygreen46

Always Lela, It is about 2-3 times the size of a seagull and really is amazing in person!

Lelabaggett

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful bird! This is the first time that I ever laid eyes on one! Thank you so much for sharing!

Geoffreygreen46

Thank You Leowes!

Leowesphotography

Thanks for the pics and thanks for your service!

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