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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:49 pm 
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Anyone can help me with these IDs? All photos taken in July.

1. (Hermanus)
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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:35 pm 
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Hi Renard

I would say your birds are the following:

1. Sub antarctic Skua

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 Post subject: Re: Skua, Subantarctic
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The Brown skua, Catharacta Antarctica, is fairly common and present year-round, with numbers peaking in winter. Off the coast of southern Africa it would be nearly a sure thing on a pelagic trip, except maybe from Mozambique.

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It is a regular scavenger around fishing vessels. It feeds on fish (often via Kleptoparasitism: harassing other birds, eventually stealing their catch), other birds, small mammals, eggs and carrion.

A strange observation was once made of a prey item (cuttlefish) eating through the skua's stomach lining and body wall, causing the bird's death.

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 Post subject: Re: Skua, Subantarctic
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Great picture Johan! :clap: :clap:

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