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Monday, 12 May 2014

Long-tailed Skua past Port Talbot

 An adult Long-tailed Skua past west heading into Swansea Bay at 18:00. Initially picked up distantly, low over the water, it preceded to climb to a height well above the water (c200-250m) and looked like it was preparing to fly overland. The bird circled, followed by a gradual decent before heading off into the sun low over the water to the west. The photos are digiscoped and heavily cropped, but do show most of the features.

Seawatching 17:00 to 19:00

Long-tailed Skua (ad) at 18:00
Arctic Skua (dp) at 18:50


Seymour said...


Mark Hipkin said...

Thanks Judd. Many congrats on your outstanding Hermit Thrush on Fair Isle. I saw the photos on Twitter - now that's a monster find!

Barry Stewart said...

Reward for all those hours you've stared out to sea and seen sweet Fanny Adams - very envious!

David Gilmore said...

The first time I believe a LTS has been captured on camera in VC41. Still a county tick for me. Well done Mark. These early May gales have certainly produced some good seawatching.