Thursday, 12 November 2009

Pomarine Skua off St. Ives Island

I took these images of this Pomarine Skua off St. Ives Island last week. I posted a single image of this bird on the 5th Nov but several people have asked to see further images. The age of this bird is probably a second year. Juveniles and first years would show extensive barring on the underwing and flanks. The only hint of any barring is limited on the upper tail coverts, flanks and mantle.

The image below shows the bird's deep chest and heavy looking structure.

EXIF Detail: Aperture priority. Focal length:820mm. Ap F/5.6. Shutter speed 1/640s. ISO 1000. Exposure -0.7EV. Tripod mounted. All images cropped by 40%.


  1. Nice shots Steve showing some classic ID features. Where were you stood to take these?
    Also I have a new Blog.

    Cheers, Paul

  2. Paul, these were taken from the Island itself with a 600mm and 1.4x TC. As long as the seabirds pass reasonable close, then there is a fair chance that I can clinch the shot; the real long distance stuff is still too far for a photo, but the technology is getting better all the time. cheers. Steve

  3. Sorry - to answer your question: beside the NCI Watchpoint.