A pomarine skua
still lingered between Meols and Hoylake last week.
The winds had already brought a possible Little Shearwater within range of Bardsey, plus Long-tailed and Pomarine Skuas
, Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters and Leach's Petrels.
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But apart from a few semi–wild ponies, our companions were a red deer, hen harrier, peregrine, Arctic skua
, red–throated diver and a curious otter.
Stuart Wood, Shipping Lines special correspondent and ex-Liverpool chief pilot, said: "Turnstone is a close sister to Liverpool Pilot's Skua
, with an identical hull moulding plus a few fancy mod cons." My thanks to Paul Clay, Port of Liverpool asst harbour master, for the fine photos of Turnstone on trials.
The prevailing wind should push them further north along with other birds such as Manx Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, four species of Skua
and some Petrels.
From the Arctic to the Antarctic where caribou reside, to a raiding pirate bird called the skua
and an ugly warthog, this offers fun rhymes paired with fine animal nature insights.
In passage, we motored - to our great surprise - within 20 yards of a hunkered-down skua
, a rarely observed, heavily built, dark brown predatory seabird with big, white wing patches.
Luke's aircraft is part of 815 Naval Air Squadron based in Somerset and can perform a wide variety of roles including search and rescue, launching Sea Skua
Missiles and Sting Ray torpedoes and chasing drug-running speed boats across the trafficking area that is the Caribbean Sea.
They usually sneak out of the nest under the cover of darkness to avoid predators such as the black-backed gull and the great skua