Thursday, 30 December 2010

Time for a Walk

Long Rock Beach. The tide is in. The wind is strong and from the east. Seaweed piled high in hillocks along the sands. Dogs dashing about everywhere. One is left to run up and down, up and down, along the tide edge - keeping a small flock of waders flying and on the move all the time. The dog's owner stands above on the footpath watching it's obsessive runs. Naturally, I feel for the birds. I know the dog won't get them. But it's winter. Hard times for birds to eat enough to keep their energy up. And here's this obsessive dog and it's vacant owner - running this little flock backwards and forwards.....

The Old Man and me turn back and watch a cormorant diving in the calm patches of the fairly rough sea. Quite close in to shore, it dives and surfaces - keeping pace with our slow walk back along the beach path.

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