Birdwatch: Arctic Skuas are the gulls of the dark side
Also called ‘parasitic jaeger’, these birds have the habit of snatching other seabirds’ food
At first, I thought the quartet flying towards me were gulls – but something about them rang warning bells. “Arctic skuas,” I called out instinctively, even before I realised I’d identified these unfamiliar birds.
Slender-winged, buoyant, yet utterly determined, they flew strongly into the wind, on their long journey north from the South Atlantic to the Arctic tundra.