Pomarine Jaeger (Skua), Williamstown, Victoria

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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger (Skua), Williamstown, Victoria
From: "Paul Rose" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2004 06:52:06 +1000
Good morning,

I observed a dark morph Pomarine Jaeger close to shore yesterday
afternoon at 3:30pm as it made several ponderous passes along
Williamstown Beach.  The bird then flew almost directly out to sea where
it appeared to be loosely trailing a tanker ship.
Its robust appearance, comparative size to nearby Silver and Pacific
gulls, flight pattern and visible short rounded tail projections made
for relatively easy identification.
Reminiscent of my days braving chilly temps and freezing on-shore winds
along the Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) foreshore looking for Skuas,
Sabine's Gulls, Kittiwakes and the odd Gannet, except it was 27 degrees
and I didn't need to worry about my eyebrow freezing to my scope!!!
Good birding.


Paul Rose
Head of Learning - Science (Yr 7-10)
Department of Biology and Chemistry
Wesley College - Glen Waverley
620 High Street Road
Glen Waverley  3150
(03) 9881 5426

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