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Skua ID quiz
A walk along the cliff-tops at one of the country’s premier seawatching locations has provided some seabird movements to enjoy, but few skuas. Turning round to cast a glance over the ploughed fields which abutt the cliff edges, you notice a dark gull-like bird perched on the ground.
Closer scrutiny reveals the bird to be a skua, its scaly monochrome appearance ageing it as a juvenile. You take careful note of its bill, coloration and undertail coverts, and assess its physical proportions to come to a clear identification ... but what is it?
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