Brown SkuaA trip to Antarctica is a bird watcher’s dream, and one of the most common species found on the continent is the brown skua. This large seabird breeds around Antarctica, but it heads farther north during other times of the year.
There are many different types of skua found around Antarctica, so it may be hard at first to differentiate between the species. Your ship should have a naturalist on board, so be sure to consult him, but typically the brown skua is identifiable by its gray-brown or dark-brown wings with conspicuous white patches, a wedge-shaped tail, and a black, short heavy bill.
Definitely bring your birding list with you, as many of the species found here are endemic and can’t be seen anywhere else on the planet.