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Old Sunday 4th November 2007, 13:24   #1
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Skua ID UK - Pom or Arctic?

I'm pretty sure these are Poms, but I could do with some confirmation.

Five of them seen this morning from North Gare Pier, Seaton Carew.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2007, 13:45   #2
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I'd go for Pomarine. The weight seems to be centered around the chest, it appears quite big, and the underwing contrasts with the flanks.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2007, 13:46   #3
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I would say Pom too.
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Old Sunday 4th November 2007, 13:48   #4
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Lovely pics of Pomarine Skua
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Yep - Juv dark-phase Pom. Pale base to under-wing primary coverts, broad wing "arm", heavy set to body, very-noticeably two-tone blue-based bill, and almost the size of the Herring Gull giving it a taste of it's own medicine!
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Old Sunday 4th November 2007, 14:28   #6
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Old Sunday 4th November 2007, 18:59   #7
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Was watching these off the coast of Florida last week, going by the name of Jaegers

Superb flight shots, Ian
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hi Ian - Those pics are great, out of interest - what camera and lens did you use?
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hi Ian - Those pics are great, out of interest - what camera and lens did you use?
Thanks. They're taken with the Canon 20D+Canon 400mm f5,6. They were pretty obliging, flying overhead whilst I was sat on the end of the pier. They were taken from around 30m.
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Old Monday 5th November 2007, 03:46   #10
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I'd say Pomarine. Good pic to see a gull chasing one of them!
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