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Pomarine Skua

Pomarine Skua
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Copyright: Mircea Radu Achim (achimmircea) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 0 N: 1603] (6246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, HOYA 77.0 mm UV
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-20 8:38
Viewed: 2735
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Pomarine Skua, Stercorarius pomarinus, known as Pomarine Jaeger in North America, is a seabird in the skua family Stercorariidae. It is a migrant, wintering at sea in the tropical oceans.
This species breeds in the far north of Eurasia and North America. It nests on Arctic tundra and islands, laying 2-3 olive-brown eggs in grass lined depressions. Like other skuas, it will fly at the head of a human or other intruder approaching its nest. Although it cannot inflict serious damage, the experience is frightening and painful.
This bird feeds on lemmings, other rodents, offal, scraps, small birds and also robs gulls, terns and even Gannets of their catches; it will also kill birds up to the size of Common Gull. Like most other skua species, it continues this piratical behaviour throughout the year, showing great agility as it harasses its victims. Only the White-tailed Eagle and the Golden Eagle are known to take adult, healthy Pomarine Skuas.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-20 8:45]

Hello Mircea.
What a fine capture! This species is not common and we usually see it, which is rare, in flight!
A fine portrait of the Pomerine Skua ( a juvenile?) Excellent POV taken with fine sharpness and colours on the ice.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-20 8:50]

Hello Mircea.
Very nice shot of this Pomarine Skua. The exposure and details are very good.Excellent DOF, colors, BG, and POV also.Well done.Best regards Siggi

gorgeous shot of this incredible interesting bird Mircea Radu Achim!
George Veltchev

Ciao Mircea, great capture of lovely bird in nice standing pose, fine details, wonderful light and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-11-20 9:20]

super! felicitari! nu cred ca este vreun roman sa aiba poza mai buna ca a ta.
Numai bine si mai astept si alte surprize

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-20 9:21]

Hi Mircea!
Good portrait of this interesting bird, captured in nice pose.
Excellent contrast against the gray background.
Well done: congratulations.
Ciao! Vanda

Buna Mircea,
O captura interesanta si rara. Detalii si culori bine redate.
Contrast placut si o imagine bine compusa.

Ciao Mircea. The best management of difficult light. Very good contrast against the brilliant BG.


Good detail, against the brilliant light. There is quite a pattern in the feathers if one looks closely. Good pose. Nice to see this bird so closely. regards yiannis

Hi Mircea,
interesting bird. Great point of view. Excellent sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-20 11:01]

Hello Mircea,
Excellent photo of this special bird. Great sharpness, DOF, composition and beautiful natural colours. Nice eye contact.

Buna Mircea
Excelenta foto o specie asa de rara!O captura foarte frumoasa si reusita.Detalii si culori foarte bune.
Nunai bine

Felicitari! Foarte fain! Numai bine, Zoli

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-20 11:41]

Hi Mircea,beautiful capture in a winter atmosphere,i like a lot the excellent sharpness and colors and the very good light balance in this difficult situation.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

hello Mircea
this is very good you see this bird not so many on TN
i like the colours and good details of the bird
thanks greeting lou

Nice shot of this skua, I didn't go they went as far as romania

Great photo of a very interesting bird Mircea! Very good low POV, good composition, interesting lighting and impressive sharpness.

Hello Mircea,
A lovely captured of this bird, great eye-contact, good sharpness, excellent point of view and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-11-21 7:40]

Hello Mircea,
A bird which I didn't know which seems to be an excellent hunter. Difficult light for this shot, you did well showing even details of the dark plumage. Interesting note too.
Thanks alot.
Kin dregards

Hallo Mircea
A wonderful shot of this Pomarine Skua, posing so elegantly. It is a neat image with great clarity on it dark plumage. The catchlight in its eye is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Mircea,fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors.TFS

beautiful capture Mircea, excellent perspective and very good focus and details in your picture, congratulations !

have a good time,

ciao, tino

Hello Mircea,
Great photo of this bird with great detail, DOF and a beautiful POV. Well done.
Best regards,
How strange, you photograph your subjects on "ice", I do the same in the blazing Africa sun?

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-11-23 10:19]

Buna Mircea,
Lovely capture of this Pomarine Skua ..
Very good focus, sharpness, colors, details, POV and composition.
Best wishes,

Hi Mircea, Very nice capture of this lovely bird my good friend, amazing lighting control with wonderful colour saturation, splendid sharpness with superb clarity, great effort here Mircea and very well done,
Best Regards,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-12-08 0:39]

Hello Mircea,
this bird is very rare in my place. Seldom seen and ypu have shown it very well. Though black and dark feathers your powerful presentation is fet upon the sparkling eye it gives.
Well presented in a very difficult contrasting surroundings.


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