Thursday, August 04, 2016

A Conglomeration of Cormorants


 Before I fannied around with the press releases* yesterday's not-so-triumphant return post (that bloody 'bot is still linked to those eight posts, so I've reverted them all to draft for now), I popped down to the beach for a quick swim before the holiday-maker crowds arrived and ruined everything.
 For expediency's sake, I drove from Castlette DeVice through to the far end of Overstrand and the Coast Road, where I parked Car. From there, I made my way down the cliff and on to the beach (what little there was as the tide was in) heading east towards Sidestrand. I didn't go that far along, so I probably ended up on the border between the two 'strand parishes.
 Anyway, I didn't swim for long as there was a very strong current that threatened to wash me away, so I ended up taking loads of photos instead. Having resized some of them to email to The Mother, I thought I'd post them here, too, to make good use of all that photo-editing (as always, click to embigulate):

Looking east towards Sidestrand from the foot of the cliff at Coast Road, Overstrand
(about 9:30 in the morning)

A Great White Egret. I'd never seen one of these before

This egret's ready for her close-up, Mr DeMille

I couldn't decide which photo I liked better, this one or the one below, so you've got both!


Looking west along Overstrand beach - what little there is with the tide in

Looking east towards Sidestrand

Cormorant!

This conglomeration of cormorants can often be found here on the last groyne/breakwater in Sidestrand. I believe the collective noun for a group of cormorants is a "gulp", but I prefer conglomeration



"...and it was this big."  "Well, I caught one this big!"

"Careful! Watch where you're landing!"

"That's right. Bugger off! I want to perch here."

"Ooh! Look, everbody. Cyril's about to attempt a swan-dive"


"We're off. It's too crowded here."

I'd walked along to Sidestrand here, so this is the view back towards Overstrand

In Sidestrand, with Trimingham in the distance

A ship on the horizon

In Overstrand returning to Car, looking back to Sidestrand

Again, I couldn't decide which photo out of this one and the one above I liked more, hence posting both

That ship again with a couple of smaller fishing boats (probably from Cromer)

East-South panoramic view from Overstrand

West-North view from Overstrand

  I've got no end of photos from goings on over the last month or so, so for a little while, you probably going to have to put up with this being somewhat of a photo-blog.



* Snaps to whoever knows (or can guess) which film features the line "fannying about with the press releases".

17 comments:

  1. Ah ha, nice to see you back.
    You do seem to have sent the automaton to my other blog though. Sigh. I can't really picture you fannying with anything, dear boy.

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    1. "Ah ha"? Are you channelling Alan Partridge? Even if that's so: Thanks!

      Sorry you got lumbered with that clattering clank of cogs. I just directed it away from here, but didn't give much thought to where it might end up.

      And: You have another blog?

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  2. Well Bugger and Poo!!!! I have a blurry picture of a comorrant on the camera, which I thought my readers might enjoy.... SO I'LL JUST SCRAP THAT POST THEN SHALL I????? I am being usurped by everyone.... even my nearest and dearest. I am just going to sulk some more...
    Sxxx

    P.S Fab pics, sweetie!

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    1. NOOOOO! No more cat arse pics, please!

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    2. Ms Scarlet: No! No, don't scrap the post. I intended no usurption. I'm sure your "comorrant" is completely different to my "cormorant"?

      P.S. Thanks x

      P.P.S. Your little outburst reminded me of Tim's frequent tirades against some slight, or lascivious comment I may or may not have made. Sigh...

      Dinah: Quite. We had enough of that at The Very Mistress's Art Gallery!

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  3. What a beautiful post! As you know I love birds, so I enjoyed those snaps. Your getting very good pictures and so clear too. I may have to hire you to take my naughties! And I must add the shy looks menacing......

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    1. Almost every time I've been on the beach this so-called-summer, the sky has menaced. But, so far, it's been all show and no action. Something tells me this wouldn't be the case if I took the appointment as your privet(s) photographer, though...?

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  4. Beautiful photos once again darling... Your beaches seem quite free from other botherers... were you tempted to nude up for your swim? Enquiring minds wish to know...

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    1. An early start, and a bit of effort to walk that little bit further than most holiday-makers can manage with all their kids and bags of crap, pretty much guarantees a isolated spot. Although, the odd dog-walker tends to come my way, so I keep my trunks on!

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  5. Awesome fotos! They're all pretty magnificent captures, & I quite laughed at the cormorants caption fotos! I imagined them speaking with a mix of Cockney & Downton Abbey accents, with a little Anthony Hopkins from the Silence of the Lambs.

    The beaches look spectacular as do the skies! I like partly cloudy days, since they keep things just bright & warm enough to enjoy the beach! Perfect weather & all that sand to create massive, obscene fertility sculptures/sand castles!

    The panoramic fotos are just gorgeous & stunning! White egrets are beautiful! I particularly like the sea foto of the passing ship with the flying birds in the foreground--neat capture of man's machines & nature sharing the same environment. The beach wall looks quite sturdy & aesthetically pleasing. Dutch built or genuine Brit engineering?

    Thanks for sharing these awesome fotos!

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    1. Thank you, Eros! When I was writing those cormorant comments, I was imagining a Yarko (Great Yarmouth) "mockney" accent (the Yarko boys like to think their London wide-boys. The dolts), but I like your mixing it up with a bit of Downton Dowager!

      As far as I know, the revetment is genuine Brit engineering.

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  6. None of my tender tootsies has ever dipped in the salty waters of Norfolk, so I take your word for this. (I have sampled the waters of some of the Broads. And those furriners whose grasp of geography is limited should use google...)

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    1. I can't believe you bathed in the Broads (I can just imagine the confusion of the furriners!) but didn't even make it the beaches for even a quick paddle?!

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    2. I am ashamed to say I have never been beachward in your County in summer.And they doan' 'ave nor beach over to Swaffham.

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    3. Wahl, 'as a rummun, ent it?

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  7. So you went over to Sidestrand ?

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    1. I did indeed. And there was no under or next-to to be seen!

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