Help with Skua ID

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Help with Skua ID
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2007 08:05:32 -0700 (PDT)
Hi there fellow Aussies,

Although these birds weren't seen in Australian waters, I thought I would throw 
this out to the B-aus forum.

I have some images (albeit 'ordinary' ones) of a Skua that we had trouble 
identifying on a pelagic off Lima (Peru) last weekend. See:

The images don't show a great deal due mainly to backlight, but show a 
relatively slender bill and, with the last photo of an adult bird, a lack of 
yellowish markings on the tertials and lower back. 

For these reasons we are thinking they could be South Polar Skuas (first year + 
adult birds) and not Chilean or Brown. If anyone has any expertise on Skuas, 
I'd love to hear from them. I am finding it very difficult!


Mick Roderick

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