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SP Skua or Pom? Bocas, Panama (1 Viewer)

Kratter

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This bird was photographed today in Bocas del Toro, Panama. South Polar Skua is very rare in the country; pomarine is fairly common. The pics show shape okay but few fieldmarks. When I first saw it, it appeared huge, very broad-winged, and short tailed. It was mainly dark brown ventrally and dorsally. I never saw the bill well. No tail projections, but many poms here now have lost central rectrices.

Thanks,
Andy Kratter
 

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Kratter

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No replies in 24 hours? I know the photo is pretty awful, but those with lots of experience should have an idea of whether this is a South Polar Skua or a Pomarine Jaeger. I could use a little enlightenment.

Andy
 

AStevenson

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Difficult to be sure from the photo but it looks more like great skua (our equivalent of South Polar) on shape so it probably is - the only nagging doubt I have (and it may be photo effect) is that the tail looks a little full and longish - an imm pom with moulting central tail feathers could possibly have a tail like this. (there is a suggestion of missing inner primaries on the lower wing so the bird may well be in moult).

Cheers,
Andrew
 

birderbf

Wild, Wild West ................... ern Spindalis
My first impression was South Polar Skua as well(it's shaped like an eagle or a GBBG! Nice broad wings, short tail, etc), but I lack the experience to tell you with more confidency and the guts to guess first ;). I think asking the ID frontiers was a good idea, they know what they're doing.
 

tyrannulet

Deranged but fun...
I would go SP skua, you can make out the white marks on the wing that would indicate a SPskua. Other than that, just the overall appearance is just not right for a pom.


ps, forgot you people dont call them jaegers, almost just said skua and would have left out the SP and probably confused most of you 3:)
 

Phil Bishop

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Best that can be said is that its not a Pom, but the image not good enough to tell between South Polar/Great/Brown.
 

Frogdoondey

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I lived in Bocas. We had several resident? Pomarine and Parasitic Jeagers. Only once I saw wath I belived a SP Skua.
 

jogresh

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Hello, are you sure this is any skua/jaeger? Coz the shape looks wrong to me? I guess i could just about stretch to SPS?
 
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birderbf

Wild, Wild West ................... ern Spindalis
My first impression was South Polar Skua as well(it's shaped like an eagle or a GBBG! Nice broad wings, short tail, etc), but I lack the experience to tell you with more confidency and the guts to guess first ;). I think asking the ID frontiers was a good idea, they know what they're doing.

Just to clarify, when I posted this I was under the impression that Bocas del Toro was on the Pacific side of the country. I don't have any experience with the skuas/jaegers, so I would have said "SP/Great/Brown" had I known.
 

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