Down at the harbour

As it was quite windy yesterday morning I spent an hour sea-watching from rock-a-Nore : just 10 Common Scoters distantly past, 10 Gannets fishing and a Kittiwake sitting on the sea.
Later we returned, seeking inspiration for the “Stade Stories ” photo competion. As always the fishing boats provided interest, including Herring and Great Black Backed Gulls [immature birds at this time of year] clearing up discarded dogfish.
Inspection of the concrete harbour wall [it was low tide] revealed a moving carpet of Sea Slaters including quite a few nearly an inch long. These crustacea [isopods] feed on plant and animal detritus and are supposed to be most active in the evening or at night, Ive seen them before on rocks below the Country Park, but never so many.

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