As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 14 June 2018

Rare visitor from Antarctica spotted

Sarah Lagan
Published May 29, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated May 29, 2018 at 7:30 am)

A photographer has captured a photo of a rare visitor to the island — a bird that flew more than 6,500 miles from the Antarctic.

Fisherman Kevin Winter photographed the south polar skua which he said was “feeding aggressively around the boat without fear”.

Skuas are the size of large gulls and feed by chasing migrating shearwaters and other birds and forcing them to regurgitate their food.

Mr Winter suggested that as there were no shearwaters around, the skua, from the South Shetland Islands off Antarctica, was hungry.

South polar skuas are rarely spotted in Bermuda and the sighting was particularly unusual as the bird was tagged on its leg. Mr Winter posted his find on eBird, a database for bird sightings. Andrew Dobson, president of the Bermuda Audubon Society, saw the photos and contacted seabird researchers in a bid to find out who tagged the bird.

Ben Raymond of the Australian Antarctic Division forwarded the enquiry to French researcher Yan Ropert-Coudert who passed the query on to colleagues in Europe.

Dr Hans-Ulrich Peter, head of the Polar and Bird Ecology Group at Friedrich Schiller University in Germany, replied the bird had been tagged by his researchers.

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