Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Subantarctic skua defending its prey

Subantarctic skua defending its prey

This is a typical skua pose, giving a clear message: don’t mess with me! As well as specialising in belligerent postures, skuas have a piercing cry. This watercolour was painted by Lily Daff about 1933.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-271-002
Watercolour by Lily Daff

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Skuas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015