Jurassic Park

So close, its wing tip is touching the water

Skimming so close, its wing tip is touching the water

One morning at the weekend, we heard a terrible noise from outside. We thought it was a horde of gulls, and they sounded as if they were having a screaming contest. The sound was drifting a long way across the water and, at its source, we could see diving and splashing.

Something Was Happening.

We rushed out onto the boat. Never mind that Max and I had to leave within the hour to get him to an appointment. There was a mystery in the Bay, and we were going to solve it.

In the act of diving for a tasty morsel

In the act of diving for a tasty morsel

The mystery was unravelled with ease and delight. There were definitely gulls – thousands of them – and they were definitely having a screaming contest. But, in addition, there were 200 pelicans. All the birds were indulging in a feeding frenzy. We have no idea what piscine delicacies were swimming around under the surface of the water, but they must have been tasty because the frenzy didn’t stop, and Max and I were nearly late.

It was a fascinating sight, but what was truly remarkable about the scene was that we could have been in a remake of Jurassic Park. Pelicans look decidedly prehistoric.

They still look prehistoric, even when they you see them close up

Pelicans look especially prehistoric when you see them close up

Jurassic Park skies

Jurassic skies

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About Natalie Gotts

I've been a management consultant, a nutritional therapist, a Journey practitioner and a mother. I've sold ostriches in China and personal safety devices in Hong Kong. Whatever I've done, and wherever I've been, I've written about it.
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2 Responses to Jurassic Park

  1. Kath says:

    And there I was doing the RSPB annual birdwatch survey and counting goldfinches in the garden… You certainly have some fabulous nature on your doorstep!

    • Natalie Gotts says:

      The time of year helps.

      I wondered if visitors to British gardens would find bird life there as fascinating and exotic as we do here, but I suspect not. Max loves even the small, drab birds here, because he’s a bird watcher. And birdwatchers anywhere love all birds. But to captivate a layperson, you really need huge or colourful birds to make an impact. Britain has exquisite, colourful birds, but not many huge ones.

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