A few posts ago, I asked a question regarding key features to note when seeing an "odd" bird, the replies were a bit vague in most cases, so here is an example of a bird a "skua".
First, there is the "poor" image, but it is alongside another known species of bird ie we have some sort of scale.from the image I think the bird is about 39cm long and about 100cm wing span.(arctic or long tailed)
2.The bill is slenderish, and legs and bill are a slate ish blue.
3.Gull like in appearance, but very manoeuverable and fast flying and slender ish wings.
4.Body colour is ginger and very dark brown, with very visible "white" at joint ends of primaries.
5.There is a small projection from centre of tail.
The above were from notes made at the time, to supplement the image.
From the above I concluded that it was a Artic/Parasitic Skua, but a birder friend has cast doubt over recognition and believes it to be a L.T.Skua.
Since I am more bird Snapper than Watcher you help would be appreciated.
There is a close up of the bird in my gallery and if all goes well there should be an in flight with Sandwich tern attached.