Tombeur 's note on a pale Great Skua Catharacta skua in Iceland (Brit. Birds 92: 164-165) requires further comment. Judging by the `normal' bird, it looks to me as though the photographs, as well as one of the birds, are also pale. Allowing for this, I would also have identified the `odd' individual as a pale Great Skua, because of its streaky back and, especially, the contrasting dark wingtips, wher

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