Parasitic Jaeger

1/320s at f8.0, ISO:2500, Canon EOS-1D X w/800mm, 1.4x converter

The Parasitic Jaeger, also known as the Arctic Skua or Parasitic Skua, is a seabird in the skua family. This species breeds in the north of Eurasia and North America, with significant populations as far south as northern Scotland. It nests on dry tundra, higher fells and islands, laying up to four olive-brown eggs. It is usually silent except for newing and wailing notes while on the breeding grounds. Like other skuas, it will fly at the head of a human or fox approaching its nest. Although it cannot inflict serious damage, it is a frightening and painful experience. It is a migrant, wintering at sea in the tropics and southern oceans. This bird will feed on rodents, small birds and insects but also robs gulls and terns of their catches. Like the larger skua species, it continues this piratical behavior throughout the year, showing great agility as it harasses its victims.
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