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|This is from our recent hiking tour in the swedish mountains in Jämtland. We have been trying for some time to get a decent photo oportunity of this amazing bird. They can be quite shy or quite aggressive but this individual accepted us as harmless...|
The Long-tailed Skua, Stercorarius longicaudus (known as the Long-tailed Jaeger in North America) is a seabird in the skua family Stercorariidae.
This is the smallest of the skua family at about 38cm length, excluding the elongated central tail feathers of the summer adult, which can add another 20cm or so.
This species breeds in the high Arctic of Eurasia and North America, with major populations in Russia, Alaska and Canada and smaller populations around the rest of the Arctic. It is a migrant, wintering in the south Atlantic and Pacific. Passage juvenile birds sometimes hunt small prey in ploughed fields or golf-courses, and are typically quite fearless of humans.
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The Long-tailed Skua is indeed an amazing bird with some special and most prominent details. You have captured the seperation of the three main colours black, white and grey very well as the detail in the plumage is beautifully seen. I especially fancy the longish tailpiece of the bird and it is not difficult to see why it has the name of The Long-tailed Skua. I also like the prim and proper way the bird is standing, as if it knew you were going to photograph it. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
- [2010-07-09 6:33]
Nice presentation of a specie I had never seen before.Excellent low pov and sharp image with good detail.I also l ike that catch light in the eye.
- [2010-07-09 6:44]
This is a superb shot in every respect.
My son and I looked for the Long-tailed Skua a couple of years ago at Stekenjokk but it was a bad rodent year.
You must have been less than 20 meters from it ito get such a fine shot.
Thanks and regards,