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Great Skua (Bonxie)

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Great Skua

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Great Skuas are often called "Bonxies" because they can get very aggressive and fly down and clatter you round the head if you get too close to their nests.

Biggest of the Skuas and brown in colour with distinctive white flashes on the wings these are the bullies of the skies, able to rob a Gannet and frequently killing other birds and their broods.

I well remember a Bonxie landing in the water beside us as we crashed out of the sound of Bernera in heavy seas. The Bonxie was carrying a dead Puffin and proceeded to dismember it right on front of us!