Skua are one of my favourite birds and more than likely my next tattoo.
The species is reasonably regular past my local seawatching site at
Skogsøy, SW Norway in the spring - more often than not
passing later than the other skua species. Seeing these birds passing
in full summer plumage is a fantastic experience.
This species is one of the target birds for visitors to the
Hardangervidda and I get the impression that they may wait offshore for
a while before heading up to breed.
During late June and early July 2009 this species was seen pretty much
daily on the Ormen Lange field NW of Kritiansund. However, few of these
birds were adults. This page presents a few record shots.
summer (?) Long-tailed Skua, Ormen
Lange field, Norwegian Sea, July 2009.
This picture was very underexposed and has been lightened considerably