Snowdrifts of Herring Roe

By: Suzanne

Mar 15 2010

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Focal Length:85mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

The next day, when we got to Rathtrevor Beach, the tide was ebbing. We walked to the North end of the beach, right into the thick of things, to check out the seagull feeding-frenzy of herring roe.
I’d never seen anything like this before. You’d swear the beach had seen a overnight snowfall. The whole intertidal zone was completely covered with tons and tons of these tiny eggs.
I stepped from a rock into a drift of roe, expecting to find it solid under foot. Instead, I sank ankle-deep and then fell sideways into the slippery pong. The uproar blew my cover and hundreds of birds took flight. For a few seconds, they circled above and then landed again en masse a bit closer to the water and continued feasting.

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