The star of the pelagic trip was this South Polar Skua. True to its name, it nests along the Antarctic shore. When nesting season is over, it travels widely over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This was a rare sighting because Skuas are often much farther out on the ocean. They do catch fish for themselves but they are also very aggressive in stealing food from other birds. They have been known to use their bill to grab another bird and shake the bird until it drops the food item it’s carrying. You could say they are the bully of the open ocean. They are 21 inches long with a 53-inch wingspan.
From Jan. 26, 2014 - West Coast Trip - Seabirds