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Great Skua once again


Great Skua once again
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Copyright: Ari Halfdan Adalgeirsson (rildin) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 21 W: 1 N: 8] (127)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-13 22:08
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Still I'm repeating the note from my last photo and one before that.

Bird:
The great skua (stercorarius skua) is a large seabird which breeds on coastal moorland and rocky islands. As is the case with other skuas, it tends to attack the head of intruders approaching its nest. Although hardly common, people have had the misfortune of being knocked unconscious by it. It is a migrant, wintering around the Atlantic Ocean. It eats mainly fish, but it also attacks and kills other seabirds.

Location:
Ingólfshöfđi is an isolated cape on the “edge” of Iceland, seperated by quite a stretch of black sands, with the Atlantic Ocean on the other side. It’s situated due south of Vatnajökull, the country’s biggest glacier, at a relatively short distance from Skaftafell National Park. A lot of seabirds nest there, the most prominent of which are the puffins and the great skua. The name would literally translate as Cape Ingólfur, referring to the first permanent settler of Iceland, Ingólfur Arnarson, who spent his first winter in Iceland there in 874 AD.

Tour:
A man from the farm Hofsnes offers guided tours around Ingólfshöfđi. To get there one has to cross about 6 km of waters, marshes and sands in a tractor-drawn hay cart. The hike starts with a climb up a steep sand slope, but after that it’s mostly flat grass land. The circle around the nature reserve is about 2-3 km long.

This particular photo:
As we're looking north, we can see the farm Fagurhólsmýri in the lower right corner of the photo (under Örćfajökull, which is covered in clouds), from where the tour started.


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