Shetland Bonxie

Richard Ion

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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Here is the last Bonxie (great Skua) photograph for the present.
This one has had a bit of manipulation in Photoshop to create a different style of image so I hope you like this one too.
To me the Great Skua, known in the Northern Isles as the ‘Bonxie’ is one of Britain’s most impressive birds.
It is a bit like a very stocky large gull but dark brown and with a fierce expression! It spends its time looking for other seabirds which have caught a meal and then chases them relentlessly until they give in and hand their lunch over! It is also perfectly capable of eating some of the smaller birds whole, so is not exactly the most loveable of birds but you can’t help but admire it as being superb at its job.

Being very dark, they aren’t easy to get a good photograph of and especially as they tend to be either out at sea engaging in their piratical activities or near their nests, which they will fiercely defend by attacking whoever goes near. I have never experienced an attack from a bonxie but it must be a frightening experience!

This series of shots were taken from the Seabirds and Seals boat trip as we headed to and from the island of Noss (just off the east coast of Shetland). With so many nesting birds hereabouts, it is prime bonxie territory and it is an amazing sight to see many of them looking for gannets bringing home their catch to their waiting chicks.

Thanks for looking
Richard

Tech detls
Nikon D300
Nikon 55-200mm VR@55mm
f10 1/400s
EV +1.0
ISO 320

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