We were quite low on food, and our depot was about twelve kilometers away as the skua flies.
We had a week of short walks, drawing, filming and photography with snow petrels and gawky looking skua birds as our neighbours.
One species bucked the general trend: the south polar skua , which hunts mainly penguin chicks and eggs.
The walk would be about seven kilometers as the skua flies from our base camp to the top of Gorgon's Head.
Votier says he's seen a skua catch a bird and hold it underwater to drown it.
A recent study found that a five per cent increase of birds in the skua diet would result in an annual loss of thousands of other seabirds.
Beautiful weather, magnificent scenery and almost tame Arctic skuas make this a memorable excursion.
Similar anomalous patterns have been discovered in the skuas (Stercorariidae).
They concluded that reversed size dimorphism in skuas and jaegers was not attributable to breeding role specialization.
Victims of egg-plundering skuas , which resemble large rapacious gulls, squawk indignantly.