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Great skua can been seen on Arran migrating south in early autumn

The great skua are swift, strong and manoeuverable fiiers.
Photos: Jim MacKenzie

Skuas are ‘piratical’ birds, gaining much of their food by stealing it from other sea birds. Skuas are gull-like in many respects, with long, pointed wings, short legs, and webbed feet. However, skuas have a strongly hooked beak, elongated central tail feathers, and a generally dark coloration, although some birds are of a lighter-coloured phase.

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