Saturday, September 03, 2016

Gilding the Cormorant...


... although, sometimes no amount of gilt can make a cormorant look good or obscure its bodily functions, as will become evident below.

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 These are just a few photos from this morning's swim at the Overstrand/Sidestrand border:



9:00 am this morning

More crab catching

This is where I set down for my swim

I watched sea-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate, or something...

End of the line at Sidestrand, with Trimingham in the distance

Ew. See what I mean? I didn't realise this cormorant was clearing out its cloaca when I took this picture

Ah, this is better

Luckily, this seal wasn't anywhere near the stream of cormorant excreta

This tanker full of gilt is too late

Cooeee!


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 You never know, next time I might just post something non-beach related?

27 comments:

  1. I think that middle cormorant was giving his opinion on the state of current events & politics. It's all gone to poop!

    Love the seal popping up for a view. What a splendid creature! Love the pics of the cormorants lining up & spreading their wings on the glittering sea, as if they're doing an opening musical number for a great performance!

    I half expect the man in the boat to stand up & scream, "I'm the king of the world!"

    The beach & sea pics are amazing as always.

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    1. I think you may be right about that middle cormorant, Eros. As for the others, I'd bring some ear-plugs if you're thinking of sitting through their show!

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  2. I'm thinking we should call you the "Shagmeister."
    None of my local birds sit and pose like yours!

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  3. the beach has been wild around here because of the rain and then hurricane hermine! your photos are lovely! xoxoxo

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    1. Oh, Savvy! I'm glad that you're still here and haven't been carried off to Oz!

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  4. I think I saw the band "Cormorant Excreta" as a warm-up for John Cooper-Clarke in about 1979... Jx

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    1. I think a reunion is in order.

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    2. I'm having the t-shirts made up as we speak.

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  5. I hope the crabs were avoided whilst swimming!

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    1. They were - I had no nips on my extremities!

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    2. You seem to be constantly catching crabs. Have you learned nothing?

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  6. It is nice to see the provision public drying posts for cormorants...
    the seal may well start a lobby group for a floating sunbed...

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    1. Those cormorants have it good around here - at the expense of the seal minority groups!

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  7. Very nice pictures, I especially like the one with the cormorants out for drying, number five, saying something about Tannhäusers Gate. The downside is the constant guano production.

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    1. I don't think Rutger Hauer took the guano into account in his little "Tears in rain" speech?

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    2. In fact I did not know that Rutger has improvised this sermon, as I was told from the know-it-all. I always thought Rutger was something like an indestructible hitchhiker, preferably cast for silent roles of the stare-and-let-the-muscles-in-the-cheek-jump-and-vibrate-kind. I am taken by surprise that he uses the word Tannhaeuser, perhaps it has just the right amount of exotic-dangerous-Germanic-sinister smack. Let's face it : Guano would not really bite as well :
      "I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Guano Gate."
      This sounds silly - like you put a little paper-umbrella in a knock-me-outta-my-damn-boots-cowboy-drink.
      And the idea of a "guano Gate" - perhaps a nice summary for Blade Runner (that shall untimely be brought back from the dead, as I hear), for Harrison Ford's career maybe or some politician's "character" - but nothing you want a damn replicant to mutter and hence left stuck in the audience's head - that takes all the fun out of my Soylent Green ...

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    3. I didn't realise it was improvised either - not until I read the wiki article. And I didn't realise it was C-beams, and not sea-beams - I've always imagined something like that fifth photo (except with a forbidding Germanic sea fort/castle instead of the cormorants) when Rutger mentions it (and certainly not sea bream, which is a whole other kettle of fish).
      I'm not sure that I'd like a Guano Gate cocktail? Even if it does go well with Soylent Green...

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    4. I imagined always some steel parts (c-beams) either sparkling or flying / blasting through the night at said door / gate, a bit WWI-like, kind of "Gate to India" perhaps ...
      Do breams have an opinion on guano ?

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  8. Mutters something about cormorant envy.... although, I didn't know cormorants suffered from diarrhoea.
    BUT, I have now posted something.... not much of a thing, but there you go.
    Sx

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    1. I've been flogging this dead cormorant for a while now (maybe that's why the live ones have diarrhoea* - anxiety?), so I thought I might as well continue.

      I am excited about your thing!


      * I can start spelling the d-word, but don't really know how to stop, so I just copied you. Thanks!

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    2. I have just found my solitary cormorant photo.... oh you will laugh.... I will post it next time. I was so thrilled when I took it.... when you see it you will understand my envy.
      Sx

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    3. I can barely wait! I mean to see your photo, not to laugh at it. And if I do laugh, it will be "with" not "at", I'm sure.

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  9. The French robot won ?

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    1. The battle, yes, but not the war. I'll post about it tomorrow, if I'm not otherwise engaged...

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