Mount Batten pier Long-tailed Skua

The original 2 photo's posted by Graham of the 'skua' despite being very aggressive and chasing terns combined with the odd (suggested) warm colour and apparent triangular head and thin looking bill in the lower photo (all more Arctic like) - shows all the plumage features of a Long-tailed Skua.

Graham kindly sent on a few more shots to me (two posted here) - just to be on the safe side before saying anything - it is indeed a dark(ish) juv Long-tailed Skua. A hybrid Arctic X Long-tailed was seriously being considered for a little while looking at the original photos! 

Long-tailed Skua Mount Batten Plymouth 2 Oct 2013 Graham Watson   Long-tailed Skua Mount Batten Plymouth 2 Oct 2013 Graham Watson 2

Two more of Graham's photo's

Posted October 2nd, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Mike Langman in General Birding