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South Polar Skua
8/30/05 Michael Todd

South Polar Skua

Pickwick Lake; Hardin Co. TN

This interesting dark-morph bird was the hot-topic of the day. Jon Dunn was immediately taken by the resemblance of this bird to a Catharacta Skua, of which there is only 1 record of for the interior( a South Polar in North Dakota).

In this bad shot, the very broad-winged and short-tailed look is obvious, and the white primary bar is visible on the underwing, this bird also had a very noticeable bar on the upperwing. Once again, hopefully better photos will be coming.

Nikon Coolpix 4500 ,Pentax PF-80ED

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Guest 31-Aug-2005 23:35
The long thick neck, stocky body, broad wing base, broad outer half of wing, short tail, and bright white crescent at base of underside of primaries make this look like a definite skua.

Bruce Mactavish, Newfoundland