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Great Skua attacking Great Black-backed Gull
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Image details:  
Image Description: Great Skua attacking Great Black-backed Gull
Image notes: This is a fight to the death, the Bonxie later attempted to drown the gull.
Species in Image: Great Black-backed Gull, Great Skua
Old Haa Image Reference Number: btc00997

General details:  
Common Name Great Skua
Latin Name Stercorarius skua
Shetland Name Bonxie
Latin Group Name Charadriiformes
Latin Family Name Stercorariidae
Common Family Name Skuas
Description Common breeding bird. Outside of the breeding season they range the Atlantic ocean for about seven months of the year. A long lived, hardy species, it is disliked by crofters & naturalists alike for the damage it does other to birds and to young lambs.
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