This was the calm scene in front of us at the time:
A few pelicans in the distance on the water, the odd seagull or tern or cormorant flying past. A water-logged darter climbed up from the water to the beach and hence onto that structure on the left, so bedraggled that his soaked tail swept the ground like a street sweeper's wet broom. He then hung out his wings and tail feathers to dry...
As always for beachside picnics, a family of magpies, a raven and several gulls grouped around eyeing us hungrily as we ate our sandwiches.
When suddenly, out of the blue:Birds everywhere. Everywhere we looked. Pelicans, several species of cormorant, darters, several species of terns, gulls...
Diving (cormorants, darters), squawking and arguing (seagulls), plunging from a height (terns), snorkelling (pelicans)...
There must have been shoals of fish around to set this off, but it really was extraordinary.
|All those white bits in the water are cormorant necks!|
Until finally, they had mostly disappeared, almost as quickly as they had arrived:
A few gulls remained for a while -- disappointed I suspect, as being unable to dive, they had missed out on most of the feasting -- until they too flew off: