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Photo of Arctic Skua / Parasitic Jaeger bird

July 10th, 2007 · 8 Comments

Photo of Arctic Skua / Parasitic Jaeger bird
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on July 4th 2007. Click image for larger view.

This is an Arctic Skua (Stercorarius parasiticus) also known as Parasitic Jaeger in North America. These birds are so fascinating to observe (I know I say this a lot but there is nothing more fascinating than the nature) because they chase other birds like seagulls and terns. They are chasing other birds to get the birds to drop whatever they are eating.
Skuas are the pirates of the bird world!

I found a couple of arctic skuas on a marsh pretty far inland. They were probably breeding because a fox came by and the birds attacked it violently. Did I say that I find the nature extremely fascinating?

Here is another photo of the bird sitting on the marsh.
Photo of Arctic Skua / Parasitic Jaeger bird
Taken with Olympus E500 digital camera on July 4th 2007. Click image for larger view.

This photo is cropped so it’s not as sharp as I want it to be. I’m saving for a lens with longer reach so I can take more wildlife photos.

Information about the pictures:
Camera: Olympus E-500 digital SLR camera
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 150 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Lens: Olympus Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5
Location: Ånstadbotn, Andørja (Ibestad) in northern Norway

Tags: Arctic Skua · Birds · Marsh · Nature · Norway Norwegen Norge · Parasitic Jaeger · Wildlife

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Peter // Jul 11, 2007 at 1:02 am

    As usual another good nature shot

  • 2 Tracy // Jul 11, 2007 at 2:04 am

    This is a really pretty bird and it’s amazing they can get the other birds to drop whatever they’re carrying. I bet it’s really cool to watch.

  • 3 Rose (PrettyLady) // Jul 11, 2007 at 8:54 am

    Both of these are really great shots. I love the first one.

  • 4 trish // Jul 11, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Love the shots you take. Favourites so far are the mist, the dragonfly’s eye and now, the bird. 🙂 (Not that I’m saying you’re giving us the bird or anything.. LOL).. anyway – added you to my linky love – hope you don’t mind. 🙂

  • 5 BobG // Jul 11, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    Nice capture of it flying. Judging by the tail and wings, I would guess it uses speed and maneuverability to hijack other birds, am I correct? Look here to see what I mean.

  • 6 steve // Jul 12, 2007 at 12:22 am

    Fantastic photos! Just stumbled the post…

    –Steve

  • 7 Jess // Jul 12, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Piracy doesn’t only apply to humans after all.:)

  • 8 darlene // Jul 14, 2007 at 5:59 am

    love the one with the bird in the sky